PM to inaugurate India International Science Festival

India International Science Festival

PM to
inaugurate India International Science Festival

New Delhi, Nov 4, 2019: The fifth India International Science Festival (IISF) is all set to begin in Kolkata on Tuesday. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will inaugurate the four-day programme by addressing the audience at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre through video conference on November 5 at 4 pm.

Objective of the India International Science Festival

The main objective
of the festival is to promote scientific temper among the people, showcase
India’s contributions in the field of science and technology over the years and
encourage translation of its benefits to the common man. It aims to build a
strategy for inclusive advancement of research and development.

Minister for
Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh
Vardhan, along with several other ministers, scientists, academicians and
government officials will participate in it.

The festival is
an annual event organised jointly by science and technology related Ministries
and departments and Vijnana Bharati. The theme for this year’s festival is `RISEN India – Research, Innovation,
and Science Empowering the Nation”.

IISF-2019 is expected
to host a gathering of approximately 12,000 participants from India and abroad.
Biswa Bangla Convention Centre and Science City in Kolkata will be the main
venues for the festival events. A few events will also be held at Satyajit Ray
Film and Television Institute, Bose Institute and Indian Institute of Chemical
Biology.

The programme
consists of over 28 different events, including the Students Science Village
where more than 2500 school students from all over the country would engage in
several science-related activities and interact with top scientists and
technocrats. Every Member of Parliament was requested to nominate five students
each along with their teacher from his or her constituency for the science village.

Another important
event in terms of variety and number of participants would be a Young
Scientists’ Conference, where 1,500 young scientists and researchers will
interact with various subject matter experts of international repute and also
get a chance to present their posters and papers.

A vast exhibition
of India’s scientific and technological prowess will also be on display through
several expos – most prominent being a Science Expo at Science City, a new age technology
show and an expo for the differently abled. A book fair has also been organised
at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre.

The programme
would, among other thing, feature a science film festival, a science literature
festival, a women scientists and 
entrepreneurs conclave, an agricultural scientists’ meet, a global
Indian scientists’ and technocrats’ meet, a health research conclave, an
industry-academia conclave, a national science teachers’ congress, and a national
start-up conclave.  Vigyan Prasar,
autonomous organisation of DST, is the nodal agency to coordinate IISF 2019.

By
Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

(India Science Wire)

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