We, the Hindi students of Class 9, on 20 November 2015, were brimming with excitement as we were going to visit the famed Raman Research Institute (RRI). The campus was very peaceful and had the greenest gardens. We soaked in the peaceful atmosphere as we walked towards the main building. We were led to an AV Room where we were given a presentation by Dr. Meera, the Librarian of the institute, about the history of Sir C V Raman and RRI. The director of RRI, R Subrahmanyan, then had an interactive session about Astronomy and Astrophysics with us. He explained as to what astrophysics and astronomy were all about and a few details about outer space exploration and the building blocks of the universe; galaxies. We enjoyed his talk thoroughly as it was easily one of the most educating lessons we have ever had.
After the talks, we were led to the Raman Institute mineral museum where we saw ores of metals and many different kinds of rock. We saw many kinds of sedimentary rocks, and the beautiful patterns created by the forces of nature. We were also lucky enough to observe rocks which glowed under backlights. There were even rocks which were found in Hiroshima. We were awestruck by the amazing rocks on display. Next, we were led back to the AV room where we were shown videos about Sir C V Raman. We were delighted to have an insight into Sir Raman’s past as an extension of a chapter in our Hindi text book. We were inspired to be more curious and motivated to pursue a career in science.
We were honoured and privileged to have visited the Institute. It was an amazing opportunity to learn and we thoroughly enjoyed our field trip.