No funds, kids to skip Olympiad; Will you help?

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MANGALORE: Financial problems have abruptly ended the dreams of two of the seven students from Puttur selected to take part in an international science competition from June 2 in Middleburg , Netherlands.

Ashish K of Sri Ramakrishna High School and Abhiram PS, PU student of Vivekananda PU College, were to represent India in the International Environment and Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) and had to raise Rs 85,000 each for the air fare and other expenses.

Other students, who managed to put together the required money for the trip are Shivaprasad B, Aditya SN, Dhimanth S, Sreekumar, Sindhura Shankar, all from Sri Ramakrishna High School.

Shreedhara Rai H, headmaster of Sri Ramakrishna High School, told TOI, “The others somehow managed to purchase air tickets. However, they still need money for other expenses. Even if somebody sponsors the other two boys, it’s difficult for them as the visa and other procedures will take time,” he added.

INESPO is an annual event and the first one was held in 2009 for students between 13 years and 18 years to spreading awareness about environmental problems among students.

The projects which will be presented by students are: Germicidal Dustbin (a novel way of minimizing clinical pathogens) an effective biocide from Acacia concinna, extended applications of pollution-free Vitex Nigundo and a novel product to increase crop production by enriching pollination. The students have formed four teams to showcase their projects.

If you’d like to help these students, contact headmaster Shreedhara Rai on 08251-231239 / 9449554161.

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