IISF will soon begin in Delhi
The India International Science Festival (IISF)will be back with its second edition. So in order to pitch about the festival 2016, Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harshvardhan addressed a press conference at CSIR Centre, Vigyan Kendra, Lodi Garden, New Delhi.
The festival will begin from 7th December and will continue till December 11, at CSIR -National Physical Laboratory Campus.
The fest will be inaugurated by Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh on 8th December.
Here are few important highlights about the event that should know
- 5000 young Scientists to attend the fest.
- Emphasis will be on creating science village
- Fest will focus on PM Modi’s cashless society initiative
- Israel Minister for Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis will also visit the fest on 8th December.
Emphasizing the importance of taking science into rural India, the Hon’ble Minister said “The Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences has been organising India International Science Festival (IISF) in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) to promote the science & technology developed by the Indian research labs and to inculcate the scientific temper among masses. “
Notably, the theme of the festival this year is “Science for the Masses”.
The budget of the festival has been increased to Rs 12 cr this year compared to last year’s Rs 4 cr.
India has declared 2010-20 as the “Decade of Innovation”. In this context, the series of India International Science Festival (IISF) is an integral part of India’s long term vision in developing and widening the spectrum of scientific temper in India and abroad’ the Minister said.
Last year, dressed in white lab-coats, 2,000 students across the National capital have entered Guinness Book for World Records for conducting the ‘world’s largest practical science lesson, which will be challenged this year during the fest.
In conclusion, the minister said that “the five day India international science festival would defiantly open up new avenues for scientific research and laying a solid foundation in fulfilling the long-term mission of the taking the science into the masses.