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 Efforts in Science & Technology Popularization among Children will be awarded to Deepak Sharma and Kisan Sewa Sansthan.
Deepak Sharma, a science teacher in N.A.S. Inter College, Meerut is popular amongst the students for the last 30 years. He made science easier and interesting by relating it to day to day life activities. Science-based reality show-Vigyan Ghar and science channel ‘Vigyan Aao Karke Sikhe’ and his own science magazine, are some of his key achievements.
The experiments measuring the distance between the Earth and the Sun during transit of Venus, the circumstance of the Earth and the Analemma sundial made him popular. He also continues to inspire people to work as a resource person for science communication.
Kisan Sewa Sansthan (KSS), Basti, Uttar Pradesh is a pioneer in spreading and developing scientific temper among children in the Uttar Pradesh and spreading scientific awareness using a variety of unique tools and techniques for delivering benefit to various section of society. With this aim, they reached the masses through their training campaigns, lectures, orientations and workshops with specific initiatives like, communicating science through puppetry and explaining the science behind so-called miracles. KSS has coordinated and supported with its own resources the students from villages to visit DST’s Science Express at various railway stations in UP.
KSS popularized science among millions of rural and urban children through Science Express, science fairs and melas, science debates, talks, essay competitions, science-inspired tours, community radio programmes notably ‘Chalo Gaon Ki Aur’, and also the Mobile Science Exhibition Bus (MSE) for school students and people at large.
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