Published: 19th December 2020
India International Science Festival 2020 to kick-off virtually from December 22. Here's how you can join
The nodal institution for the IISF 2020 is CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi. There are 41 events and everyone is welcome in the event
At a time when life seems to have come to a stop due to the pandemic, it is science and technology that is keeping the spirits high. One such live example is India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 where science can be experienced virtually, said Dr Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS). IISF will take place from December 22-25 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 in the event”, said Dr Aggarwal. She was speaking at J C Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA. The university in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) Haryana organised a curtain raiser of IISF 2020.
The nodal institution for the IISF 2020 is CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi. This Science Festival is organised jointly by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
Dr Aggarwal elaborated on the various events and their scopes. She briefed about how students can be benefitted 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 at virtual platforms” said Shri Jayant Sahasrabudhe, National Organizing Secretary, VIBHA. He explained that IISF is involving global and overseas Indian researchers and academics, beyond the barriers of time and borders. He said that despite the corona outbreak the number of events has been increased and there is a plan to increase it in the consecutive festivals.
Dr Dinesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of the University congratulated and appreciated the efforts made by CSIR-NISTADS, Vijnana Bharati and different Ministries to organize this mega festival of science during the prevailing pandemic.
In another outreach programme of the IISF 2020, Dr Aggarwal gave a popular science lecture on the objectives and significance of this mega science festival. Science Communicators’ Group had organised this outreach event to make people aware of IISF. Information on various activities related to the Science Festival and registration of partners is available on the IISF website www.scienceindiafest.org.