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All That You Need To Know About The National Science Day Today

All schools and colleges in India celebrate 28th February as the National Science Day. But not many are aware of the reason why we celebrate this day as science day. The day is celebrated in honour of the work of Indian scientist, Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman.

About C.V. Raman

CV Raman was the first Indian to receive a Nobel Prize in the year 1930 for discovering the Raman effect, two years before the Nobel Prize. He discovered the effect at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in Kolkata, where he was carrying out research and became the Honorary Secretary. He discovered this phenomena on 28th of February and the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) asked the Government of India to declare this day as the National Science Day, the first of which was in 1987.

CV Raman’s Raman Effect was also honoured with the rank of being a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society on 15 December 1998. It got designated as an International Historic Chemical Landmark in the year 2013 on the National Science Day.

Some of the notable awards that he received were:

1.Fellow of the Royal Society (1924)

2.Fellow of the Royal Society (1924)

3.Knight Bachelor (1929)

4.Nobel Prize in Physics (1930)

5.Bharat Ratna (1954)

6.Lenin Peace Prize (1957)

Purpose Of Science Day

The objective of the National Science Day is to spread awareness regarding the importance of science and and its applications in India, among the common masses. It is also to celebrate all the memorable science that our country has contributed to the world. It is to encourage school and college students and the general public regarding the importance of science and popularize science. It is a day to celebrate science.

Activities For Science Day

In honour of CV Raman, celebrating this day of Science, various institutes host activities to express the purpose of this day. Here are some of the major science activities to be held on this day:

1.GMRT:

The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) at Khodad handled by NCRA of TIFR hosts a two day science ay program on the national science day, each year. Many students, specially from the rural areas of Maharashtra join this celebration. The celebration has a grand science exhibition where school students display their science projects, including the ones related to astronomy like results obtained with the GMRT, various subsystems of GMRT and illustrative models. There are also exhibits and live demonstrations from various research institutes and science popularisation groups, as well as teaching institutions such as the University of Pune and various national laboratories. There are programmes to interact with well-known scientists and engineers and film shows on astronomical topics of current interest.

The GMRT and the science exhibition will be open to the public from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on 28th February.

2.SPACE India:

SPACE India hosts scientific activities in the form of inter-school competitions on this day to provide a platform to young minds to explore science and its elements using contemporary methods and technology. It is organising two competitions among which one is a short film-making competition called the “Sciencephillia-Fun with Science and the other one being an online science quiz competition.

3.IUCAA:

IUCAA organises visits on every science day to take its research to the general public through an Open Day. Anyone can visit the campus to attend and participate in popular science exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, screening of scientific films and have Q&A sessions. Work at IUCAA is showcased through a poster exhibition. The session also has a night sky observation session to it. There will also be a webcast for the interested people not able to attend.

The session starts from 10 am and will go on till 5 pm at the IUCAA campus of Pune University.

4.NCCS:

At the National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS) is going to have its open day organised on the national science day. On this day, the labs will be open to the general public to visit. Visitors will get to see four labs of FACS (flow cyclometry), confocal microscope facility, proteomics facility, animal cell repository and microbiological.

The open day starts at 09:30 am on 28th of February and the labs will be open from 10 am to 1 pm and from 01:30 pm to 5 pm.

5.Qubole and Analytics India Magazine:

Data Science Connect is a  meetup organised by Qubole and Analytics India Magazine exclusively for data science and engineering leaders. The event will be a platform for data science enthusiasts to learn about various interesting topics related to the subjects where the best practices and challenges associated with using data science for pulling value from Big Data will be discussed. There will also be a panel discussion to cover relate topics.

The meetup is on 1st of March at 2 pm and will go on till 4 pm, followed by snacks and networking.

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