National Science Day or Rashtrya Vigyan Diwas is
celebrated in India on 28th February, with events continuing till
29th February, each year to celebrate the discovery of the Raman
Effect by the famous Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata
Raman, on 28th of February 1928, for which he was awarded the Nobel
Prize in Physics in 1930.
It is a day that is celebrated every year with immense
excitement at the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope at Khodad, which
is a the world's most famous telescope operating at low radio
frequencies, by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics under
the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Department of Science
and Technology presents awards every year at this event to
recognize the efforts of individuals, government bodies and
non-government bodies in popularizing science in the country.
Many scientific activities and programs are conducted that
encourage the participation of scientists as well as students from
schools and colleges. This celebration has provided a platform for
new and young scientists to focus on and boost their career in the
science profession. This is an initiative aiming to inculcate a
scientific temper in the young minds and to make aware the general
public so that take pride in the scientific achievements of the
While the theme of the launch year, 1999, was 'Our Changing
Earth', the theme of last year was 'Science for Nation
Building'. The Department of Science and Technology recently
released the theme for this year as 'Make in India: S&T
The National Science Day is now celebrated with great enthusiasm
as a science festival in India where students of schools and
colleges, scientists and general public come together to take part
in various events. The highlights of this event are:
Students exhibit and demonstrate
their science projects, at the end of which prizes are given for
the best entries in different age groups.
Programmes are organized to enable
students to interact with well-known scientists and engineers.
Radio-TV talk shows are held.
Virtual tours and open houses are
Informative science movies are
A grand science exhibition is
organized during the day to showcase science models by designed by
Students are engaged in enthralling
events like watching the night sky and witnessing live
Quiz competitions, lectures, public
debates, poster making and many more fun activities are also
The Minister of Science and Technology also gives a message
through his speech on this day every year to the students,
scientists and general public of the nation to congratulate their
efforts and encourage further innovation. The previous year, he
laid emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) encouraging the youth to tap the vast potential available in
Hordes of people attend the National Science Day celebrations to
participate in the events and witness the new projects and latest
researches of various institutes that are displayed for the public.
The National science Day is not only a fun and exciting event for
the students but also a learning experience for them, along with an
active participation from their parents and the general public.
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