Kolkata: The state Science and Technology and Bio Technology department has joined hands with Science City to provide a platform to more than 45 students from various schools across the state to share their ideas on science models at the West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress (WBSS&TC).The event will be held on February 28 and March 1 in Science City. Various workshops on science will be conducted on the second day of the event. In the first half, the students, who have been selected in three Science and Technology Congresses in three regions of the state, will be solving certain scientific problems under the mentorship of experts from Science City and in the second half they will be making presentation of their respective models before science enthusiasts and guests. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThis is the 26th edition of WBSS&TC and for the first time such an intensive programme is being held to motivate students towards science and research. “The primary objective of the science congress is to provide a forum for research for young scientists and to synergise new ideas with societal needs,” a senior official of the state Science and Technology and Bio Technology department said. Students from Class VIII to XI will take part in the programme. According to the official, there have been several instances when it has been found that students with outstanding marks in science failed to deliver when it came to solving practical problems. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are ready to keep our doors open for any state government initiative to nurture the culture of creativity among the students. When the state government sought our cooperation to conducted interactive science workshop we agreed without any hesitation,” said Subhabrata Chaudhuri, director of Science City. The state Science and Technology and Biotechnology department has drawn up a plan for resource sharing among the science and technology-based institutions across the state.