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P Manjunath hardly has a moment’s rest at the PAN Indian Institute of Technology 2008 conference – there are always children milling around him at the central lecture theatre asking him to demonstrate one fascinating science experiment or another. However, the project manager who works for Agastya International Foundation in Bangalore is used to having children around him whenever he visits government schools in Karnataka in a mobile science van, complete with equipment for conducting experiments. For the foundation has tied up with government under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to raise students’ interest in science by demonstrating experiments.  The foundation runs 14 rural science centres in Karnataka government schools and a creativity lab in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh. “I wanted to do something for education. While discussing with various academic heads in the country we came to the conclusion that what India lacks is the creative spark.  Read more at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chennai/Kindling_interest_in_science_through_live_demonstration/articleshow/3867791.cms

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