A two-day workshop on 4th and 5th October 2004, on “Mapping the Neighbourhood” was conducted by students, at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi. The students were from ten schools of Hawalbagh development block of Almora district, Uttaranchal, participating in Mapping the Neighbourhood programme. The Honourable Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology and Ocean Development, Shri Kapil Sibal was the Chief Guest and Prof. V. S. Ramamurti, Secretary, DST as the Guest of Honour. Other dignitaries present were Sh. Amithabha Pande (former Joint Secretary, Department of Science & Technology), Y.S. Rajan (Principal Advisor, Confederation of Indian Industries), Ms. Alka Malhotra (UNICEF Representative), Sh. Sambhoo Singh, Brig. (Dr.) R. Sivakumar and Dr. Bhoop Singh from Department of Science and Technology (DST).
The first day of the workshop began with the students presenting their work through three presentations (overview, process and outputs) on the programme. After listening to the presentations, the Honorable Minister Shri Kapil Sibal highlighted the importance of such programmes not just for the benefit of the involved students, but also for the local community and for the entire country. He said, “The output of the project should not be measured in monetary terms- the returns are made on children