- Inauguration of Mega Science Technology & Industry expo by Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Shri Y.S. Chowdary.
- Science Village- Mega Student Camp, one of the main focus of IISF, 2016.
- Students for the science village were selected under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme, laid by the government.
New Delhi: India International Science Festival (IISF)- 2016, jointly organized by Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences in collaboration with Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), commenced at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Delhi. It aims to provide a single platform to promote interaction among the young generation and scientists to share as well as spread ideas and discoveries.
The 2nd India International Science Festival (IISF) kick-started with the inauguration of Mega Science Technology & Industry Expo by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences, and Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Minister of State for the same.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Any new and innovative idea will be appreciated and supported by our science department and the government”. Let’s learn science in a more creative way, he added.
Science Village- Mega Student Camp, is said to be one of the main focus of IISF 2016. Today, around 1000 enthusiastic students visited the festival from various schools. The participants included many outstation students also. Dr. Girish Sahni, Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of S&T, and Dr. Vijay Raghawan, Secretary, Department of Bio-Technology accompanied the ministers to the camp and explained the nuances to them. Also present on the occasion where, Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar and Sh. A. Jayakumar, President and General Secretary respectively of the co-organizing agency VIBHA. Dr. D.K. Aswal, Director, NPL welcome the guests in the beginning of the program, while Dr. Manoj K. Patairiya, Director, National Institute for Science Communication and Information Resources, elaborated on the theme of the festival.
In addition to the invited over 3000 students and teachers, many more will gather and acquire knowledge about fundamental science, engineering and technology. Reaching the unreachable is the main moto of this mega camp. Students were selected by the Members of parliament from the villages in their areas. Selected Students were divided into eight houses. These houses are named after the eminent scientists.
Planetarium, Special Interactive Sessions and Activities were planned to keep the interest of the students intact.
“In terms of science, these events have a lot to teach and tell us” said, Deepti Chawla, a teacher from Raman Lal Shorawala International School, Raval Village, Mathura. Their School was nominated by actress-politician Hema Malini under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, scheme.
The five day festival is showcasing outstanding achievements developed by Indian laboratories in the recent past. The main focus of the event are Young Scientists’ Meet, Scientific Workshops, DST-INSPIRE national level camp, Science Village, Industry-Academia Interaction, International Science Film Festival, Mega Science Technology & Industry Expo followed by cultural programs and other activities.
The exhibition will continue up to 11th of this month and covers exciting information and ideas about many cutting edge technologies, scientific ideas in exciting fields in addition to display of innovative models by young students. The formal inauguration of the IISF and Young Scientists’Conclave will be done tomorrow by Sh. Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs and of the Science film festival by the Israel’s minister for S&T and Space Mr. Ofir Aukun.