- Dr. Harsh Vardhan visited 14 theme pavilions in the CSIR hall
- Inaugurated a Micro Site of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Techno Fest
- Unveiled Brochures at the Venue
New Delhi: IITF, Pragati Maidan
As the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2016 kicked off on Monday with the inauguration by the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) opened its mega showcase at Pragati Maidan. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, inaugurated the ‘CSIR Platinum Jubilee Techno Fest’ inside the Hall No 12-A at Pragati Maidan.
The Techno Fest unfolded various contributions of CSIR at its 14 theme pavilions, including Water, Aerospace & Strategic Sector, Energy, Leather, Healthcare and Generics among many others. Dr. Harsh Vardhan visited each theme pavilion and interacted with the labs’ directors and scientists.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “This Techno Fest is an Opportunity for the young students, scientists and the common people to come under one roof and witness the knowledgebase of achievements and researches by CSIR.”
The S&T Minister also Unveiled the brochures of the thematic areas at the exhibition and keeping to the overall theme of the event, Digital India, launched a Micro Site of ‘CSIR Platinum Jubilee Techno Celebrations’.
Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General CSIR in an interaction with the media said, “This (Techno Fest) is a matter of pride and satisfaction. It is an honest attempt to make people aware about the contribution of CSIR scientists, that what they have offered for the life of the masses. Showcased under 14themes, all the 38 labs of CSIR contributed to nurture the pavilions at Techno Fest, presenting CSIR efforts to solve the issues of the common Indian. We are looking forward to contribute more with every passing year.”
Speaking about the challenges of the organization, he added, “Our objective is to not only create intellectual property but to channelize it for the growth of the layman. The scientists form one lab is experiencing about the work of their sister labs of CSIR. This Techno Fest is a great opportunity to come out with solutions for every basic scientific query that can enhance the living standard of the people in India.”
This Techno Fest will run till 27th November. Each day has different themes-based activities.
Theme Day Schedule:
15 November Aerospace & Strategic Sector CSIR-NAL/CSIR-CGCRI
16 November Engineering & Infrastructure CSIR-CBRI
17 November Mining, Minerals & Materials CSIR-NML
18 November Chemicals & Petrochemicals CSIR-NCL & CSIR-IIP
19 November Energy CSIR-CECRI
20 November Ecology & Environment CSIR-NEERI
21 November Leather CSIR-CLRI
22 November Water CSIR-CSMCRI
23 November Agriculture & Floriculture CSIR-CIMAP/CSIR-NBRI
24 November Food & Nutrition CSIR-CFTRI
25 November Healthcare & Generics CSIR-CDRI & CSIR-IICT
26 November CSIR for Societal Interventions Dr. E. Desa/Dr. Sudeep
(“Efficacy of drugs is crucial”- CSIR-NEIST)
New Delhi- On Friday, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), towards its vision of safeguarding the nation’s health, today focused its theme on ‘Generics & Healthcare’ as a part of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair, Pragati Maidan. A wide range of innovations, technologies and products were displayed in the pavilion. A large number of scientists, researchers and industrial partners of CSIR attended the seminar organized on this theme day.
Developed by CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow, the world’s first Oral Contraceptive Centchroman Pills, ‘Saheli’, for women has benefitted more than 6 lakhs women per year. Effective in preventing heavy menstrual bleeding, abnormal bleeding and nostalgia, it also acts as anti-cancer against breast, head, neck, and chronic myeloid leukemia cells.
Addressing the seminar, Dr. Arun Bandopadhyay, CSIR-IICB said, “CSIR-IICB has innovated drugs and technologies to fight chronic heart diseases. The Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), a very common disease in rural areas, is hampering the health of the nation. It appears in early child days as fever, and then it leading valve disorder if not detected early. People die without proper diagnosis.”
Dr R. Ramaiah, Director, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat said, “Efficacy of drugs is very important in herbal products. ‘Good labs practices’ must be attained by the developers of drugs. We have developed anti-arthritis drug over the years just to get assured on the safety of the drugs. Now we have licensed it for commercial launch.”
Prof. Samit Chattopadhyay, Director, CSIR-IICB said, “We have developed anti-cancer drugs. Some more drugs like Prostalyn already in the market cure enlarged prostate which causes cancer. Leishmania Diagnostic Kit will be launched soon to heal Kala Azar.”
Dr. B. Narsaiah, Scientist, CSIR-IICT stated that anti-cancer drugs are now easily available. The institute has come up with Anti Tuberculosis drugs. Our aim is to develop economically viable technologies for drugs.
The seminar was later addressed by Dr. Srinivas from pharmaceutical giant, Cipla on the ‘generics scenario’. He said, “India spends a lot of money in the research in generics. There is a huge potential in developing more generics drugs with the collaboration of institutions like CSIR. It has multiple set-ups under one roof.”
Distinguished scientists from CSIR-IMTECH, CSIR-NBRI, CSIR-NCL, CSIR-IIIM, CSIR-CCMB, CSIR-CFTRI, CSIR-IHBT and CSIR-CSMCRI attended the seminar on the 12th day of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest.
Science-based quiz and activities were organized by CSIR-IGIB; CSIR-IICB steered a public talk by Dr. Dipyaman Ganguli.
The day concluded with the signing of four MoUs between CSIR and its industrial partners.
The pavilion of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s adjudged First (Gold Medal) for excellence in display in the category, ‘Ministries & Departments’at the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) which concluded here on Sunday.
The Gold medal was presented by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) Chairman, Mr. L.C. Mittal.
Dr.GirishSahni, Director General, CSIR said: “Getting recognized for what CSIR is doing is indeed exciting. Everything happened because of the hard work put in by the entire CSIR family. The outcome of the last 75 year journeyof the organization was on display and people liked it. We tried to portray our technologies in an aesthetically appealing way and we succeeded, as we stood first. This will boost us to continue the good work in the future.”
Talking about the mission and vision of CSIR,he added: “A number of projects are in the pipeline to take our mission projects further. More than 10 projects are being undertaken, including menthol mint production, enabling leather industry and new improved high-yield crop varieties for farmers which will increase their incomes. ”
After receiving the award, Dr. Daljit Singh Bedi, Head USD and Coordinator of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest expressed satisfaction, saying it was the most appropriate recognition of the teamwork of CSIR, depicting its contribution to the nation in its journey of more than seven decades in the most effective manner.”
The Technofestkicked-off on November 14 and each day was dedicated to different themes on various technologies, innovation and products developed by the CSIR laboratories. A total of 14 theme-based pavilionswere set up in the Technofest. Beginning with the theme of ‘Aerospace & Strategic sector’, the event witnessed other theme-based activities focusing on ‘Generics & Healthcare’, ‘Engineering & Infrastructure’, ‘Energy’ and ‘Leather’, Mining, Minerals & Materials, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, ‘Ecology & Environment’, ‘Water’, ‘Agriculture & Floriculture’, ‘Food & Nutrition’, ‘CSIR for Societal Interventions’, CSIR 800 and IP and Entrepreneurship.
The Technofest received a widespread applause and appreciation as it warmly got maximum footfall on Sunday, the last day of the 36th Trade Fair.
“This is an extraordinary effort by such a premier institution. This is a golden opportunity to experience the inventions by the pioneer scientists of our nation and CSIR. We hope to see such initiatives every year,’’ a visitor said.
For the commercial launch of the latest technologies by CSIR, 45MoUswere signed with the industrial partners. More than 150 S&T presentations were made by CSIR professionals and its industrial partners. Several panel discussions session were held during the course of the event. The mission mode technologies and innovations are ready to being transferred in the future.
CSIR, with its motto of ‘Touching Lives’, is leaving a remarkable imprint upon its technology partners and technology users.
- CSIR’s ‘Engineering & Infrastructure’ theme in IITF, Pragati Maidan
- Showcase of CSIR developed technologies for better infrastructure
- CSIR’s Industrial partners attended the meet on the theme
- Science based activities for school children
New Delhi: Designed to encourage and promote more technological innovations in the country, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) exhibited its contributions, achievements and future plans in its Platinum Jubilee Technofest in the 36th India International Trade Fair, 2016 on Wednesday at Pragati Maidan. The third day of CSIR Technofest was dedicated to CSIR theme ‘Engineering & Infrastructure’. CSIR’s scientists across prominent laboratories and its industrial partners attended a conference on the theme of the day.
Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CSIR- Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) spoke on the ‘Past & Road Ahead Building Sciences’. He stated the mission and vision of CBRI in the field of innovations, advanced material, planning city, fire engineering and risks involved. He mentioned the importance of geopolymers that is going to revolutionize the construction materials as they are safer and durable. CSIR-CBRI has manufactured some highly economical technologies that will be profitable for the process of construction in India.
Dr. Abhay Sinha, Director General, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) was the Chief Guest at CSIR Technofest on today’s theme day.
Apart from CSIR-CBRI, other sister labs of CSIR also attended the CSIR Technofest.
Dr. Satish Chandra, Director, CSIR- Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in his presentation discussed the research conducted in the construction of roads. He added, ‘’We are enthusiastic to build better roads all across the country. To build the roads for all seasons near the Indo-China border is in the pipeline.’’ Citing a crucial reason behind damage of roads, he added, “Overloading in India is still a very serious concern behind the age of roads. We conducted surveys on truck overloading. It led us to find a way to measuring the overloaded trucks.” Further he added, “We are not limited to only lab studies and research, but we also built strong roads, like one National Highway-33, Ranchi-Jamshedpur line. Waste materials like plastics are now used to build stronger roads which CBRI is looking forward to use the same process ahead.”
Eight industrial partners participated in the conference. Mr. Pramod Adlakha, Managing Director, Adlakha Associates Pvt. Ltd talked about the low cost housing for the lower middle class. He said, “In the next 5 years, with the contribution of CSIR labs, we will provide 2 BHK flats at an affordable cost.”
Mr. S. Reddy, MD (Shakti Hormann Ltd), Mr. S.C. Mullick (M/s Pressels Pvt. Ltd), Mr. Ankur Hatibaruah (M/s Bitchem Asphalt Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Bharath Kapoor (M/s Faros Simulation System Pvt.), Mr. P.V. Srinivas (MD- Consortium Transmission Systems Pvt. Ltd.) and Dr. G.R. Reddy ( Outstanding scientist SEES) as industrial partners also attended the conclave.
The day also marked signing of MoUs and technology transfer between CSIR and its industrial partners. It includes technology transfer between CSIR-CMERI Durgapur- M/s Midsap Engineers; CSIR-CMERI- M/s Joint Enterprises Engg.Co., MoU; CBRI Roorkee- UNDP. With the MoU/Technology Transfer by CRRI New Delhi with M/s Faros Technologies Pvt. Ltd., M/s Juno Bituix Pvt. Ltd., M/s AR Thermosets Pvt. Ltd.) and M/s Tiki Tar Industries the program was concluded. A series of competitive quiz, informational and educative activities for school children were also conducted by CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technologies (IICT).
New Delhi, IITF: On Saturday, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) unveiled its theme-based presentation on ‘Energy’ on sixth day of the CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2016, at Pragati Maidan. Scientists, experts, researchers of prominent CSIR labs and the industrial partners specific to this theme area attended the seminar. People from different walks of life enthusiastically gathered at the ‘Energy’ pavilion and experienced the advanced technologies in this field. Dr. Girish Sahni, DG-CSIR, also attended the seminar.
Addressing the seminar, Prof. Vijayamohanan K. Pillai, Director, by CSIR-Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI) focused on energy demand and the target of power generation based on renewable energy technologies. He said, “We have been active for many decades in not only developing technologies that produce clean energy but also for its effective usage.”Former scientist of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Dr. R. Sonde, emphasized on India’s contribution of renewable energy sector in the next decade.
A battery car at the ‘Energy’ pavilion grabbed many eye balls. It was a Lithium-ion battery powered 4-door electric car that became the cynosure of the all eyes. It was developed and commercially produced by CSIR-Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI) and CSIR-CMERI, in collaboration with auto major Mahindra.
An Indian Institute of Technology professor and fuel cell expert, Prof. S. Basu, spoke on fuel cells in a panel discussion. Dr. R.K. Kashyap from GAIL and Infosys Prize laureate, Dr. Ashish Lele of National Chemical Laboratories also joined the panel discussion.
The day combined several engaging activities for school students and visitors. The CSIR Institute Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB), organized quiz competitions, scientific presentation, engaging sessions of science-based activities and question answer round in the activity area.
The day concluded with signing of MoU between CSIR and M/s Eastern Electrolyzer.
On the 7th day of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Platinum Jubilee Technofest in the 36th India International Trade Fair, many science enthusiasts turned out at the pavilion to witness the latest technological innovations by CSIR. Celebrating the achievements of CSIR, the theme-based presentation reached further heightswith the exhibition on ‘Ecology & Environment’ displaying advancements in the important field of science and technology.
The milestones achieved by CSIR left the crowd spellbound as they visited the CSIR pavilion. The major highlight of ‘Ecology & Environment’wasfree swimming robot ‘Maya’, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle developed by CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), being used for coastal areas surveys and mapping salinity of water in reservoirs and dams.
A multi-fuel domestic cook stove, ‘Neerdhur’, developed by CSIR- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) for rural Indian households, can be fueled by cow dung cake, wood chips, wood logs and charcoal. “It is an amazing experience to seetechnologies dedicated to rural areas. Such initiative is always welcomed as it is guiding the future generation and the budding scientists in the country to contribute to the mankind.” said a Delhi-based engineer at the pavilion.
Scientists and researchers across six distinguished laboratories of CSIR attended a seminar and a panel discussion on ecology and environment. Addressing the delegates at the seminar, Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Director CSIR- NEERI said, “The new inventions at CSIR are for better air, water and clean energy.”
The activity arena for school students carried science models demonstrations, idea competition for clean air and clean Ganga followed by quiz competitions.
The event wrapped up with CSIR signing MoUs with the Government of Maharashtra and Government of Jharkhand for water sanitation, followed by technology transfer to Carmel B&F Industries, Nagpur.
- Exhibition of ‘Mining, Minerals and Materials’ on theme day at Platinum Jubilee Technofest
- Seminar/ Conference by the delegates on the fourth day theme
- Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, CSIR-CGCRI & CSIR- NML initiated the seminar
- Directors across various labs also joined the conclave
New Delhi: On Thursday, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showcased its theme-based representation on ‘Mining, Minerals & Materials’ on day four of its Platinum Jubilee Technofest at the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2016.
Five distinguished laboratories of CSIR and its industrial partners attended a seminar organized to highlight the latest technologies used now a day in the mining process across the country.
Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) was present in the seminar. Dr. P.K. Singh, Director, CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) kicked off the seminar with his opening remarks stating the better function of Powerplants like National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in India. He also said that the mining process in India has been advanced with the changing time. Manual extraction of coal has been replaced by the machines gradually.
The session elevated with more presentation by the dignitaries present at the seminar. Dr. A.K. Singh from CSIR-CIMFR explained the supply of coals in Indian Powerplants. He added, “There are several projects in the pipeline to enhance the productivity of the thermal Powerplants, which will boost the inflow and distribution of electricity in the country. We set an agenda to provide electricity to every Indian household soon.” Citing the benefits for the industries in the sampling of coal he said, “Our labs have extended support to the mines of Dhanbad, Ranchi, Belapur and Nagpur. More than 800 coal samples are being produced on the daily basis for production analysis. Wagon Top sampling is the most prevalent technique that we use these days in our units to pull out coal. CSIR-CIMFR is in a pilot project of sampling at loading sites of Coal India Limited (CIL). We import coal from Indonesia and other countries, now we are looking to produce enough domestically by 2020.”
Distinguished scientists from CSIR-CIMFR, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IIMT) and CSIR-Advance Material and Process Research Institute also attended the seminar.
Dr. M.R. Saharan from CSIR-CIMFR spoke about the art of explosions used in the mining process. Said Mr. Saharan, “Our expertise in blasting is highly efficient with no mess around. During explosion no flakes come out of the blasting furnace. No fly rocks can be seen, there is just a displacement of mere 3 and a half meter during the explosions.”
Dr. A.C.R. Das, Consultant, Ministry of Steel addressed the scientist and engineer, “We look forward to encourage more entrepreneurs, organization and institutes for Research and Development. Our website is available to submit advanced proposals on R&D.”
Dr. S.K. Biswal (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. B. Bhoi (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. K. Sanjay (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. S. Das, Director, CSIR-AMPRI, Dr. Pratima Mishra, CSIR-IMMT, Dr. A. Mitra, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) and Dr. D. Sanyal, CSIR-CGCRI also attended the seminar.
Some science-based activities were also conducted for the school students by CSIR-CBRI.
The day was concluded with singing of MoU between CSIR-CGCRI and ONCG Energy Centre Trust (OECT).
- Exhibition of Aerospace Technologies
- Dr. GirishSahni, DG, CSIR addressed the conference and interacted with labs’ directors
- NAL Director J.J. Jadhav extensively showcased the contributions to the Aerospace sector.
- Directors across various labs also joined the conclave
New Delhi: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a day after the inauguration ceremony of its Platinum Jubilee Techno Fest, unveiled the thematic representations of ‘Aerospace & Strategic Sector’ on Tuesday in the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan. Dr. GirishSahni, Director General (CSIR) interacted with the industrial partners and several notable dignitaries attended the conclave.
The conference commenced at the CSIR hall number 12-A, where senior scientists from various CSIR labs were present.
Dr. J.J. Jadhav, Director, CSIR- National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), in his presentation, gave highlights of the achievements and contributions of NAL in the field of Aerospace & Strategic sector. Said Mr. Jadhav exclusively, “this is a very encouraging event. If we combine our expertise, we can take up big projects. Also from the NAL side, we have showcased Carbon Composites, Simulator, Redomes, etc. We are also looking into civil aircrafts vision. It has helped us to tell industry that what is our plan and technologies which are already commercialized. It was a very interactive session with all.”
He showcased the promising technologies being used in the different aircraft of Indian Armed Forces. Focusing upon Public-Private partnership, he presented an outline for the future of light-weighted aircraft to be used for defense forces
The conclave unfolded with precise details about the Aerospace technology and innovations as Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, Central Glass and Ceramic Institute (CGCRI) discussed about the importance of Nano Technology, Radiation Shielding and Thermal Generation. He also spoke about the prevalent use of Optical Fiber which has proved to be a boon for the Telecommunication sector.
Naresh Chandra Sharma, Head of Domestic Aerospace & Defense, Tata Advanced Material Limited elevated the conclave with his views on composites being used in aircrafts that have benefitted the aerospace sector. It includes fins and several composites used in the cockpit of an aircraft.
Professor R.K. Sinha, Director, CSIR- Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIO) shared the lab’s contribution to the Aerospace sector. CSIO has manufactured the Helmet Mounted Display for aircrafts’ pilots, vehicle and human detection system used by the Indian Army and Laser Shadowgraphy. The bullet proof jackets are also made by the continuous efforts of CSIO.
The conferencealso had an interactive session by the other industrial partners of CSIR. Ketan. J. Patel from Unique Chemoplant Equipment addressed the conference with his detailed presentation about the Aerospace Autoclave Development. It was followed by the presentations of Varinder Singh and Vinod Mathews from Bharat Electronics limited and Captronics Systems Pvt. Ltd respectively.
Dr. SitenduMandal from CSIR-CGCRI spoke about the importance of commercialization of the technologies in recent times. He focused on the quantum of chemical analysis and to meet the demand of Atomic Energy. He emphasized on Radiation shielding window glass, radiation signals and Bead Technologies. He said that there is no threat of the radiations to the environment.
Signing of MoUs and Technology transfer also marked the day 2 of the Technofest by CSIR. It includes Enzen Global Solutions Private Limited, Bangaluru, for the development of a Wind Solar Wind Hybrid system for domestic applications, Aditya Birla Group, Mumbai- Technical Advisor Consultancy for establishing and a composite manufacturing unit for light Comabt Aircraft (LCA) composite parts and H&R Johnson (India) for low melting High Sodium Glass Beads, Mumbai.
DG-CSIR, Dr. GirishSahni concluded the conference with the question and answers session. He said, “thanks to all the participants for joining this grand event at Techno Fest. There are new challenges that we shared and rectified here. People with ambition want to turn up to Research & Development that is a formidable challenge. It is highly palpable job that needs to be tapped soon.”
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) dedicated its theme day for the empowerment of farmers in India, as the organization is celebrating the ‘CSIR Platium Jubilee Technofest’at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) atPragatiMaidan. On the tenth day of the event, the CSIR theme of the day was ‘Agriculture and Floriculture’.
Prof. A.K. Tripathi, Director, CSIR-CIMAP (Lucknow) welcomed theparticipants. He said, “CSIR is focused on suchnumerative crops that are not in the focus of ICAR. Our focus is on industrial crops for Aroma, Ayurveda,Unani and Floriculture. The aim of CSIR labs is to provide alternative to the farmers to increase farm incomes.”
Talking about the condition of farmers, the Chief Guest, Padma Bhushan, Prof. R.B. Singh, stated, “Those who feed the country live in misery. Farmers don’t wantcharity, they have the right to progress. We aim at wiping out hunger from this country by 2030.”
Dr. GirishSahni, Director General, CSIR said, “Farmers are the topmost priority of CSIR. We have to bring the best technologies for maximum yield and our scientists are dedicated to achieve this goal”.
Scientists and researchers from concerned laboratories attended the seminar. The pavilion of ‘Agriculture & Floriculture’ showcased the latest agro technologies that increase the production of crops by 30%.
The seminar also focused on the production of menthol mint, aromatic grasses, Lavender and improved varieties developed by CSIR.Dr.Tripathi stated, “We produce and export 90% of the Menthol mint in the world.Aroma Industry in the country is flourishing because of CSIR technologies.”
Scientists from CSIR in Agriculture and Floriculture theme delivered lectures about high yielding plant varieties of medicinal, aromatic and floral plants. They also touched upon their marketing. A large number of farmers and entrepreneurs attended the lectures. They shared their experience on agricultural practices in aromatic and floral plants.
The day concluded with the signing of 2 MoUs between CSIR and its industrial partners.
CSIR-NBRI, CSIR-CIMAP, CSIR-IIIMand CSIR-IHBT conducted Science based activities for the school students, and a quiz on aroma and medicinal plants. The winners were awarded with different aroma kits.
· 5000 young Scientists to attend the fest.
· Emphasis will be on creating science village
· Fest will focus on PM Modi’s cashless society initiative
In order to pitch up the grand 2nd India International Science Festival -2016, which will be going to be held on 07-11, Dec- 2016, at CSIR –National Physical Laboratory (NPL) campus-New Delhi, the Hon’ble Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan addressed a press conference at CSIR Science Centre, Vigyan Kendra, Lodi Garden, New Delhi on 2ndDecember, 2016.
The fest will be inaugurated by Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh on 8th December. Israel minister for Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis will also visit the fest on 8th December.
Emphasizing the importance of taking science into rural India, the Hon’ble Minister said “The Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences has been organising India International Science Festival (IISF) in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) to promote the science & technology developed by the Indian research labs and to inculcate the scientific temper among masses. The theme of this year’s festival is “Science for the Masses”.
The budget of the festival has been increased to Rs 12 cr this year compared to last year’s Rs 4 cr.
Addressing the media, the first time cabinet minister said, “We are a government that believes and supports in scientific research, including an appropriate balance between fundamental research to support new discoveries and the commercialization of ideas, will lead to provide an ample employment opportunities for India’s sustainable economic growth”.
India has declared 2010-20 as the “Decade of Innovation”. In this context, the series of India International Science Festival (IISF) is an integral part of India’s long term vision in developing and widening the spectrum of scientific temper in India and abroad’ the Minister said.
The minister also said around 5,000 young scientists will participate which is a first of its own kind in the world. He even said, the ministry has urged all the Members of Parliament to make sure, that five students should participate from their adopted villages to participate in the fest. The minister named it Science Village. “This is the first time in the history of India, the Hon’ble Members of the Parliament across the party line sending more than 3000 young children from their adopted villages to the science festival Dr Harsh Vardhan stated.
The Minister viewed that, the grand success of first IISF-2015 at IIT Delhi has set a unique example of inimitable festival in bridging the gap between Indian scientific innovations and practises. “Continuing with the same enthusiasm, motivation and desire, the second edition of IISF is primarily aimed to popularize the subject of science and also pool all the scientific knowledge for the larger benefit of the rural masses he stated.
Underlining the record number of total participants in the Young Scientists Meet the Minister stated that, “this year the total figure of abstracts for Young Scientists Meet (YSM) that we have received is 1769. After reviewing by the expert committee for the final presentations the total number is 241 for the oral presentation and 1329 for the poster presentations. Among all the papers this year, Talking Book and Agro boat-device to predict weather condition through smartphone for farmers, the wearable demon slayer for security of women, Mechanical Tap to treat sewage water, Solar marine monitor device for defense forces ,extraction of diesel from the fruits waste are some of the highlights for the upcoming meet, the minister stated.
Last year, dressed in white lab-coats, 2,000 students across the National capital have entered Guinness Book for World Records for conducting the ‘world’s largest practical science lesson, which will be challenged this year during the fest.
Adding further flavour to the event the minister stated that “the Industry –academia interaction where the industries get opportunities to develop competitive manufacturing capabilities and improve their services through collaborating with the academia, further in the international science film festival segment, the nationally and internationally award winning films on various facets of science would be screened in this science festival. ‘We are also having competition for the Professional and students who are making films on Science” he added.
In conclusion, the minister said that “the five day India international science festival would defiantly open up new avenues for scientific research and laying a solid foundation in fulfilling the long-term mission of the taking the science into the masses.