In a national conference held online by the University of Kerala on March 9, 2021, the differently-abled students from the Scientia program at Different Arts Centre, presented their thesis. The topic of the conference was ‘The life science ecosystem: challenges and opportunities in the pandemic’, on which the presentation by the children of DAC on ‘Zero waste institutions for sustainable ecosystem: a concept note’ was immensely lauded by the experts.
Adarsh Mahendran, Aparna, Karishma, Shilpa Sasi, Sojan Jacob, Mohammed Irrfan and Bimal Prasad were the students who broke the barriers of the societal norms and proved that differently-abled children too can participate in such events just like other children and can have high ambitions and goals. The children who presented at the conference belonged to the spectrum under autism, down syndrome etc. It was through the Scientia program at DAC, the scientific curiosity in the minds of these children were kindled and got them prepared to present their thesis at such an esteemed conference.
The head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kerala, Dr. Mini. S and assistant professor Dr. P. G. Biju handed over the certificates and memento to the children, at the Magic Planet, on March 18. The resource persons for Scientia, K. P. Shivakumar and Dr. Akhila. S. Nair, executive director of Magic Academy Gopinath Muthukad, director Chandrasenan Mithirmala, Leena and Shyla Thomas were present at the event. Western university faculty Dr. Finosh Thankam and Fr. Vincent Pereppadan also marked their presence online.