We were also fortunate to have Dr. Siby Kurien, Principal Scientist, CSIR - National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa on day 2 with us. Besides talking about the basics of Oceanography, she showed the students a film about the research vessel RV Sindhu Sadhana and the advanced equipment on board. Her message to the girls was to follow their passion.
KR Anupama concluded the workshop with a very heart touching speech and a few tips on how to be successful. She said that the girls need to be themselves, be assertive, listen and act on constructive criticism. As a professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa Campus, she often encounters a gender skew in favour of boys in any class. Her speech was peppered with interesting anecdotes from her life and references to Hermione from Harry Potter, which struck a chord with all the students.
And with that, we bid adieu to Goa.
The schools who attended were Bal Bharti Vidya Mandir, Our Lady of the Rosary High School, The Rosary School, St. Theresa's High School, Santa Cruz High School, Mary Immaculate Girls High School,Government High School, A.J De Almeida High School, Mushtifund High School, St. Joseph Convent High School, Lourdes Convent High School, Shree Ram Vidya Mandir, G.S. Amonkar Vidya Mandir, Sacred Heart High School, Holy Cross High School, Mahila & Nutan English High School, Shree Ganesh High School, Bhatikar Model High School, Bethany Convent High School and Fatima Convent High School.