Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Spreading the word at Christ College

I was happy to accept the invitation of my friend and colleague Diptiman Sen to be a mentor/lecturer/presenter at two programmes arranged by the Indian Academy of Sciences recently, and which took place at Christ College in the southern part of Bangalore. The first was for Pre-University teachers and the second for Degree and Post-Graduate College teachers. To my pleasant surprise at the second event there were many M. Sc. students as well. At the first programme, the teachers asked me deal with some difficulties they had in explaining concepts after a fairly detailed introduction I gave. At the second, the teachers said that they had no difficulties! So there I was having to fill up about two and a half hours! It turned into a very long impromptu set of lectures on the present status of elementary particle physics. I enjoyed it very much, even if the participants did not! Also striking on both occasions was the warmth and hospitality of the organizers. I hope there will be more invitations for such programmes coming up!

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