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, National Award for Efforts in Science & Technology Popularization among Children, Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR) awards, SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) Women Excellence Awards and National Award for Young Woman Showing Excellence through Application of Technology for Societal Benefits.
NSD is celebrated every year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’. Government of India designated 28 February as National Science Day (NSD) in 1986. On this day, Sir C.V. Raman announced the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’ for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. On this occasion, theme-based science communication activities are carried out all over the country.
The occasion will include a lecture of eminent scientist Prof Gagandeep Kang, Director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad who is first woman FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society) from India to talk on the theme of the NSD-2020.
National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology (DST) acts as a nodal agency to support, catalyze and coordinate the celebration of the National Science Day throughout the country in scientific institutions, research laboratories and autonomous scientific institutions associated with the Department of Science and Technology. NCSTC has supported various programs countrywide by supporting its state Sci-tech Councils & Departments for the organization of lectures, quizzes, and open houses.
DST instituted National Awards for Science Popularization in February 1987 to stimulate, encourage and recognize outstanding efforts in the area of science and technology for popularization, communication and promoting scientific temper. These awards are presented every year on National Science Day.
The National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science & Technology Communication through Print Media including Books and Magazines will be awarded to Dr Suryamani Behera, Retd Professor and Popular Science Writer, Odisha and Dr Amiya Rajbongshi, Retd Vice Principal, North Lakhimpur College, Assam.
Prof Behra has been recognized as an excellent popular writer both in Odia and English languages. He has been writing articles and books for more than thirty years. He has published more than forty-one books and more than a thousand published articles. His latest books ‘Vigyan Ru Gyana’, ‘Jantra Karuchi Mantra’, ‘Vigyan Sahitya Darpan’, ‘Bigyan Mela’ and books on medicinal plants cultivation have become very popular. Articles on food processing and preservation are his notable contributions which are followed by many people in the cottage industry. He has also established a Janapriya Vigyan Manch to impart training to budding popular science writers & Journalists.
Dr Rajbongshi is the retd Vice Principal, North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous) and the Rector of Genius Academy, Lakhimpur, Assam. Rajbongshi’s science communication efforts are extended for the dissemination of science to masses through print media and popular talks. A regular writer for almost all science magazines and prestigious newspapers of Assam, she has published 396 scientific articles and authored popular science books from NBT, India, Assam Publication Board and Assam Science Society. As President of Lakhimpur Science Society and of Assam Science Writers’ Association, besides organizing many programs for science communication, she has published 12 books on popular science and co-authored 25 books. She also wrote on ‘Lives & Activities of Nobel Laureates on Physiology or Medicine’ in three volumes.
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