Pune: The India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 will be based on the theme ‘Science for Self-reliant India and Global Welfare’ and focus on areas like the history of Indian science, philosophy, agritech, clean air, energy, water, waste and sanitation, biodiversity, and scientific diplomacy, highlighted the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Secretary Ashutosh Sharma at the Curtain Raiser and Outreach program of the 6th India International Science Festival (IISF).
“Atmanirbharta or self-reliance is deeply cultural, made up of the three pillars of Atmavishwas, Atmasamman and Atmachintan, and festivals like IISF have to convey these cultural aspects very strongly,” Secretary Sharma pointed out at the curtain raiser program jointly organised by Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), Navi Mumbai, an autonomous institute of DST, and Vijnana Bharathi (VIBHA).
DST Secretary Sharma shared the glorious journey of IISF – a brainchild of the Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan, in 2015. He added that it was organised by DST at the Indiana Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, with over 5 lakh footfall that year and has been growing very fast since then.
“IISF is a holistic projection of science & technology and innovation as well as scientific temper involving primarily the young minds and a very wide stakeholder base ranging from students, innovators, craftsmen, farmers, scientists, technocrats, people from politics, and so on. It shows that science does not work in silos and presents the picture of science in motion,” he added.
“We have learned the importance of resilience, adaptability, coexistence, and especially the importance of understanding science from the pandemic, and IIG and VIBHA will work on these learnings to bring awareness about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to the common people,” said University of Mumbai Vice Chancellor Suhas Pednekar while addressing the curtain raiser program.
DS Ramesh, Director, IIG, said, “IISF 2020 with the theme Science for Self-Reliant India and Global Welfare very aptly reflects India’s mood of overcoming adversity and its spirit of togetherness. Events like IISF truly highlight our country’s ancient and modern science & technology and reflects the national ethos like never before.”
This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.
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