Praj, IISER Pune Join Hands To Scale Up Mimamsa
Pune: Praj Industries and IISER, Pune have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the objective to scale up Mimamsa, a nation-wide inter-college science competition held annually.
As per the MoU, Praj will lend technical and financial assistance to Mimamsa for three editions. Mimamsa 2020 will be the first of the revamped contests.
Mimamsa is a two-tiered event -- Prelims and Mains -- where teams across India compete under scientific and critical ways of thinking with zero emphasis on memorisation. The quiz questions are designed to stimulate debate within the teams and encourage discussion with judges, rather than simply arriving at an answer.
At the MoU signing, Prof Jayant Udgaonkar, Director, IISER Pune, said, “I am happy that a progressive company like Praj has chosen to associate itself with and promote Mimamsa. Mimamsa is a tough unique competition and support of Praj will lead to further improvement in its high quality.”
Speaking at the event, Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries, said that collaboration between industry and academia benefits institutes, quality of research and business in several ways. “We are pleased to collaborate with IISER in this novel project that fosters investigation, deliberation and critical thinking in the fundamental sciences among the future academics and industrial researchers. India’s vast talent in science and technology has the potential to spur innovation and drive socio-economic change in the country. We believe Mimamsa is the ideal platform for budding undergraduate science enthusiasts to showcase their talent,” he said.
As an event with no registration fee and prize money of Rs two lakh, Mimamsa 2020 is expected to elicit participation from over 1,700 institutions across 22 cities. This will mean over 13,000 participants since inception. The preliminary round will be held on January 18, 2020 and the grand finale will take place at IISER’s Pune campus between March 21 and 22, 2020.
Students can register at http://mimamsa.iiserpune.ac.in/