Mohali, September, 11: Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu along with Dr.Serge Haroche, Physics Nobel Prize winner in 2012 and Dr.Kailash Satyarthi, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and Dr.Juleen Zierath, professor of clinical integrative physiology and a member of the Nobel Committee at Karolinska lnstitute in Sweden inaugurated a travelling exhibition ‘For the greatest benefit to humankind’ at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) Mohali on Wednesday.
Highlighting issues related to education, the exhibition was part of world premiere of the 3rd edition of Nobel Prize Series India 2019 (NPS-2019), a three-day programme that will also take place in Ludhiana and Delhi.
NPS-2019 is organized by Nobel Media in cooperation with Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology and the Government of Punjab with the kind support of Nobel International Partners 3M, ABB, Ericsson, Scania and Volvo Cars. Supporting partner is the Mehta Family Foundation. Supporting host institutions in India are National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) and Punjab Agricultural University.
The exhibition highlighted that how Nobel Laureates have made the world a better place – showcasing discoveries and achievements that have saved lives, fed humanity, connected people and protected the planet.
During occasion , both Nobel Laureates Dr. Serge Haroche and Dr. Kailash Satyarthi gave lectures and take part in roundtable discussions together with experts, teachers and students.
Discussions were around how to keep on improving education to make students reach their top potential. How did the Nobel Laureates learn all the things they needed to make such a difference in the world? What do they think are important skills and methods in teaching.
Erika Lanner, Director of Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Sweden said,” Humanity today face many challenges, be it with regard to global warming, food shortages, illness or conflicts. The history of the Nobel Prize tells us that there is a way forward – science, literature and peace efforts are capable of improving and changing the world. I hope many school children and teachers in the area will be able to visit the exhibition. We want to convey a message of inspiration to the younger generation through our exhibition and show that it is possible to create a better world.”
“The world premiere of Nobel Prize Museum's new exhibition in Punjab as part of Nobel Prize Series India 2019, gives our teachers and students a unique opportunity to learn about world-changing inventions and the journey associated with them. DBT’s Partnership with Nobel Media has been very successful in inspiring thousands of students and teachers and this year the new exhibition has catalyzed a global dialogue of shared learning and experience. The young minds we inspire will be motivated to find novel and innovative ways of addressing global challenges,” stated Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology.
“Research and innovation are the tools that enable understanding of global challenges as well as finding solutions for the same. This opens new vistas of development leading to overall well-being. We are thus making all possible efforts to develop strong community of researchers in the state as well as ecosystem for innovations to thrive. The interaction with Nobel Laureates will indeed help immensely in igniting minds of our young researchers, students and teachers to align their pursuits with vision of the state Government,“ said RK Verma, IAS Principal Secretary to Govt of Punjab, Department of Science Technology and Environment.
Laura Sprechmann, CEO of Nobel Media, said, “The Nobel Prize shows that humanity can change the world for the better – and it starts with education. Investing in education is investing in the future. Education enables us to become active citizens and reach new insights in our quest to understanding ourselves and our universe. By making education accessible to everyone, we can make sure that human potential does not get wasted.”
Nobel Prize Series lectures will also be held at PAU, Ludhiana tomorrow followed by student round tables and further discussions. On September 13 , Kailash Satyarthi will be making school visits in Delhi.
Meanwhile, the exhibition in Mohali is open to the public from till October 11 from 9 am to 5 pm.