With the aim of developing scientific temper among school students an astronomical laboratory was inaugurated today at the Ambrose Memorial Secondary School in Khliehriat, East Jaiñtia Hills District.
The laboratory is to encourage students to learn about planets, stars, the solar system and other fascinating aspects of the universe.
This is the first of its kind initiative undertaken by the district administration. The lab has over 70 types of instruments including a 6 inch GSO Dobsonian Telescope.
Sponsored by NETC under their CSR initiatives, these labs will act as a catalyst in increasing interest amongst the students regarding Astronomy and Science in general.
The Ambrose Memorial Secondary School was set up in 2000 by former Khliehriat MLA Justin Dkhar, who is also the principal.
Cabinet Minister Kyrmen Shylla inaugurated the laboratory in presence of Deputy Commissioner Abhilash Barawnwal, school students, faculties and the parents.
Shylla said the lab will provide a platform to students who are interested in celestial objects and enable them to take part in various science activities.
He lauded the contribution made by the Deputy Commissioner in bringing about changes in classrooms by introducing smart classes and monitoring of teacher’s attendance.
Baranwal during his speech said Mathematics and Science are the two subjects feared by students of Meghalaya. By establishing such labs students will now have access to experiential learning rather than traditional learning.
He urged teachers to care and maintain the equipments in the lab.