Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences said the India International Science Festival (IISF-2016) – the largest festival of science in this country with its focus on “Science for the Masses”.
Opening the Festival in New Delhi on Wednesday, he said India has achieved a pre-eminent position in the field of Science & Technology, Space, Atomic Energy, Information Technology and newly emerging technologies such as Nano Technology and Bio Technology. “In this process, we have created one of the world’s largest network of scientific laboratories and research institutions,” said the minister.
The Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences has taken the initiative of launching India International Science Festival (IISF-2016) not merely as a festival but a movement to connect common people with science and its contributions to our day-to-day life.
IISF-2016 is being held at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Campus, New Delhi during 7-11 December, 2016, which will be formally inaugurated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh tomorrow (8th December 2016) at 2.00 pm.
Conceptualized last year, the India International Science Festival (IISF) organized the 1st IISF at IIT, Delhi during 4-8 December, 2015 and was visited by more than 4 lakh people. It also won the distinction of Guinness Book of World Record for successful conduct of Largest Practical Science Lesson by 2,000 school students.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan added that the IISF-2016 will showcase India’s S&T prowess, technological developments, history of Indian Science and science education involving more than 10,000 young researchers, school students, academicians and top level Indian scientists.
It will hold several scientific activities such as Young Scientists Conclave (about 3,000 young scientists), DST-INSPIRE Camp (1,000 brightest minds to join with 200 teachers), International Science Film Festival (more than 80 entries from 10 countries), Industry-Academia Meet (with participation of 200+ industry and academic representatives) and Mega Science & Technology Expo (projecting technological developments through 400+ scientific models and exhibits).
The Minister was upbeat that nomination of students from various constituencies for “Science Village” which will have a conglomeration of 3000+ school students from all across the country. These students from village level schools will be exposed to many scientific activities like interaction with scientists, watching scientific films apart from laboratory visits and tours around Delhi, he said.
IISF-2016 is expecting a more than 5 lakh visitors to the IISF-2016, which will be the morale booster for young scientific minds who are going to reshape the future of India.