President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will be presenting several awards for science communication and popularisation as well as for women scientists on National Science Day (NSD), February 28.
The Minister for Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, and Smriti Irani, Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, will also be present at the occasion in New Delhi.
The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the discovery of ‘Raman Effect’ by Sir CV Raman. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930 for his discovery.
This year’s theme of NSD is ‘Women in Science.’ Prof Gagandeep Kang, Director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, will be delivering the theme address. Professor Gagandeep is the first Indian woman Fellow of Royal Society (FRS).
The theme has been decided to appreciate and honor women scientists. Also, it would focus on increasing public appreciation of the scientific issues involved. Such celebrations addressing important Scientific Days with associated events help raising scientific awareness in the community.
Moreover, many institutions organise an open house for their laboratories and make students aware about career opportunities available in a particular research laboratory/institution.
The National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) along with Department of Science and Technology (DST) acts as core agencies to support, run and coordinate the celebration of the National Science Day across India in scientific institutions, research laboratories and autonomous scientific institutions associated with the DST.
National Awards for Science Popularization are presented every year on National Science Day. The awards were first started by DST in February 1987 to encourage and recognise outstanding efforts in the area of science and technology for popularization, communication, and promoting scientific temper.