I worked at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) under the Project Oriented Chemical Education ( POCE-2014 ) from 16/5/14 to 30/6/14. It is a 3 year programme and at the end we will be given a diploma in chemistry.
10 students from all over India were selected for this programme. I was lucky to be one of them.
Morning we had lectures on various topics in chemistry. Afternoon we were given lab work. We had to perform experiments for which we were guided by PhD researchers. We were questioned regarding our experiment and made to think.
We enjoyed a lot. All the necessary equipments were provided. We had to maintain records. Each one of us had to present a seminar for about 30 minutes in which the last 5 minutes were for questions. It improved our self-confidence.
We also had computer classes and were taught different programmes and we had to answer an exam also. We also had to answer theory exam, practical exam and viva.
In the last week, we were taken for lab visit. We visited labs related to different branches of chemistry and the students working there explained about its functioning. There is a 60 crore worth Transmission Electron Microscope in the campus.
We also visited the Indian Institute of Science and visited some of the labs there. Saturday afternoon & Sunday was off and we were going out to the city and were having fun.
The campus is very vast with 6 waterfalls, trees, plants, flowers, birds etc. There were many snakes also. There is a library with vast collection of books and it will be open for 24 hours.
We were provided with rooms in the New Visiting Students Hostel, JNCASR where we were given a very good hospitality, specially the hygienic food. There was a table-tennis court and also cycles were provided for ride.
On 30/6/14, there was a lecture on Graphene by C.N.R Rao Sir and a musical concert by Pravin Godkhindi on C.N.R Rao Sir's 80th birthday.
Overall, it was an awesome experience where we were given the idea about research. I thank all my lecturers of Poornaprajna College who guided me regarding the same because of whom i was able to work at JNCASR.
---Manasa second B. Sc
Poornaprajna College Udupi