Indore: In all five students from the city, which is highest from any city in the country, have managed to secure admission in a certificate course run by Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), a facility of Department of Atomic Energy, here. Of the five students, two each are from Indian Institute of Technology Indore and Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya while one is from Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology.
As part of its public outreach programme, the RRCAT runs the course titled, ‘Advanced Orientation Course on accelerators, lasers and related science and technologies’ for budding scientists and engineers every year. The course is offered from May to July. For the fourth edition of the course, the RRCAT had invited applications and selected 40 candidates from across the country, including eight from Madhya Pradesh which is the maximum number of selection from any state.
Apart from Indore, candidates were selected from Sagar, Vidisha and Ujjain. The selections were based on their academic record and marks they obtained on an essay on subject, ‘Status of applications of accelerators and lasers in India’. As per RRCAT website, the course will be of 53 days and will be offered from May 21 and during this period, students will have to stay at the institute campus. “The course is structured to impart students a sound conceptual knowledge as well as experimental training in front-line research areas in accelerators, lasers, and related technologies,” the RRCAT said.
The course will include classroom lectures, visits to RRCAT labs, practical training and talks by eminent scientists and technocrats. The students will undergo test after completion of course. Certificates will be awarded to all students who complete the course successfully.
More girls take admission
If figures are any indicator, more girls are aspiring to become scientists. Of the 40 students selected by RRCAT for the certificate course, 18 are girls. “The number of girl candidates opting for summer course of RRCAT is increasing every year,” said a scientist of RRCAT.