New Delhi: In the pandemic when a lot of excitement seems to have come to a halt, it is science and technology that are keeping the spirits high, said a press communication from the Ministry of Science & Technology, adding that one such live example is the India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 where science can be experienced virtually. The nodal institution for the IISF 2020 is CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi. This Science Festival is organised jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). IISF will take place from 22nd to 25th December 2020.
“We have events where students can go for virtual tours, 3D exhibitions, virtual events, panel discussions, lectures and many more. There are 41 events and everyone is welcome at the event,” said Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, on Thursday, 17th December. She was addressing the JC Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA. The University, in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), Haryana, organised a curtain raiser for IISF 2020. Director Aggarwal elaborated on the various events and their scopes. She spoke about how students can benefit with the programs at the ease of sitting at their homes but without missing the real science.
“When the pandemic happened, we thought it will get over in a few months and we will be able to conduct the program like we did last year. But by September it became clear that it won’t be possible for us to conduct it physically. Then we thought of conducting it on virtual platforms,” said Jayant Sahasrabudhe, National Organising Secretary, VIBHA. He explained that IISF is involving global and overseas Indian researchers and academics. He said that despite the Covid-19 outbreak, the number of events has increased and there is a plan to increase it in following festivals.
Dinesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of the University, congratulated and appreciated the efforts made by CSIR-NISTADS, Vijnana Bharati, and different Ministries to organise this mega festival of science during the current prevailing pandemic.
In another outreach programme of the IISF 2020, Ranjana Aggarwal gave a popular science lecture on the objectives and significance of the science festival. The Science Ministry explained that the Science Communicators’ Group had organised this outreach event to make people aware of the IISF.
Information on various activities related to the Science Festival and registration of partners are available on the IISF website.
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