No laptop, no-show by Valley girl

The anger and frustration was all one could see in Saleeqa Azam, a class VII student of Delhi Public School in Jammu & Kashmir's Anantanag town, who is representing her state at the Children's Science Congress in Kolkata. While students from other states were bubbling with enthusiasm and busy explaining their models at the exhibition of young scientists, the sole student representative from the Valley could not present her model as the organisers could not provide her a laptop.

Two girls from the state were selected to present their models at the exhibition. While one of them failed to turn up due to illness, Saleeqa was supposed to present a model on soil conservation. She wanted a laptop to make a powerpoint presentation. But the organisers could not provide her one saying it was not possible.

"I am frustrated and angry," said the young girl from Anchidura village of Anantnag. "I worked on the model painstakingly along with other team members and now I cannot make the presentation. I am just watching others,'' she added.

"We were made to understand by our co-ordinator that we will be provided with a laptop to make the powerpoint presentation. Here we came to know that they will not be able to provide us with a laptop," said her teacher Dimple Kaur.

Arun Kumar Chakraborty, media convenor of the Science Congress, said he was not aware of such problem. "I have no idea what their problem was. It is not possible to provide personal computers to 15,000 delegates," he said.

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