India in record book for ‘largest science practical’

New Delhi : India strode into the Guinness Book for another landmark achievement as the world record book gave its seal of approval to ‘the largest practical science lesson’, conducted by 2,000 school students from Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) as part of the just-concluded India International Science Festival (IISF) at IIT Delhi.

The confirmation from the Guinness Book came just days after the Delhi school students bettered the existing world record in the category, set by a group of 1,339 Irish school pupils.

“The largest practical science lesson is 2,000 participants, achieved by Vijnana Bharati (India), in Delhi, India, on 7 December 2015. Participants worked in small teams to complete experiments as part of the lesson that focused on catalysts,” the Guinness Book mentioned on its website.

Terming it as a ‘momentous achievement’, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said students from Delhi and the NCR had made the country proud. “The record-setting event will foster greater interest among students for science not only as a body of knowledge but also a way of life. It will spur them to bring more glories not only for themselves but also for the country,” he added.

“I salute the students who were involved in the historic event, and I share their moment of glory with the people of the country,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan.

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