New Delhi: National Science Day (NSD) will be celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan on 28 February with women in science as the focal theme of the program. President Ram Nath Kovind will present several awards for science communication and popularization as well as for women scientists. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Health & Family Welfare and Earth Sciences, and Smriti Irani, Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development will also grace the occasion.
A total of 21 awards will be given which will include National Science and Technology and Communication Awards, Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR) awards, National Award for Outstanding Effort in Science & Technology Communication, SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) Women Excellence Awards and National Award for Young Woman Showing Excellence through Application of Technology for Societal Benefits.
The National Award for Outstanding Effort in Science & Technology Communication will be awarded to Dr Uma Kumar, this year. Kumar is the Head of the Department of Rheumatology, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi.
She has created an indelible mark in the area of popularising medical science amongst the masses through electronic media. She has participated in more than 100 health programs on national TV channels and radio, apart from writing innumerable articles in magazines and newspapers about rheumatic diseases, and publishing easy to understand booklets in Hindi & English in the electronic form to increase awareness about autoimmune diseases, air pollution, the role of physical activities and right postures.
Kumar has delivered more than 300 lectures for physicians, specialists, schools, and the general public to increase awareness about non-communicable diseases and conducted workshops in schools and organizations involved in the rehabilitation of underprivileged youth to propagate health science and awareness about musculoskeletal health. She participated in medical camps in tribal and remote areas like Leh, Ladakh, Kargil, UP, and Chhattisgarh.
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