CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR) organized the outreach event for India International Science Festival (IISF), in New Delhi today. So far eight editions of India International Science Festival have been successfully celebrated since 2015. This year the ninth edition will be celebrated from 17-20 January 2024 at DBT RCB-THSTI campus, Faridabad, Haryana. Several scientific institutions across the nation have organised the outreach programmes and more are scheduled this month.
The mega science festival aims to honour and highlight the scientific achievements in Science, Technology and Innovation by the country. The primary objective is to connect science with the society.
The distinguished guests at today’s outreach event were Dr Raj Mehrotra, Curator ‘F,’ National Science Centre; Dr Tripta Thakur, Director General, National Power Training Institute and Shri Praveen Ramdas, Secretary, Vijnana Bharati, Vibha India.
While addressing the event, Dr C.V. Singh, Jigyasa programme explained about the India International Science Festival to the students. He also explained about the Jigyasa programme and Jigyasa Division that is present at all the CSIR labs to provide the right guidance to students so that they can joyfully choose science as a profession in future.
Dr Raj Mehrotra, the Chief Guest of the outreach event, welcomed all and said that “do something that your classroom does not allow you,” besides emphasising not to ignore classroom. He spoke about the application of rational thinking and then believe in things. He said “this century belongs to information, the more information you have, the more aware you are.” “Be as informed as you can be.” He also shed light on National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and highlighted “to be scientifically tempered is important” and “channelising the Yuva Shakti, the youth of the nation, in Amritkaal.” Finally, he moved to his experiment of viewing air through a fun activity for school students and other audience. Wireless Electricity was the experiment of the day!