Why we celebrate National Science Day?

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When and How the National Science Day?

National Science Day came into existence in 1928 and is made to mark the discovery made by the Indian physicist C.V.Raman on his ‘Raman Effect.’ The NCSTC (National Council for Science and Technology Communication) urged the Government of India to observe 28th February as National Science Day. Following year, in 1987, the first NSD (National Science Day) was celebrated. The event is celebrated all over the country in schools, colleges, universities, scientific, technical and medical institution.

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Why we celebrate National Science Day?

1]Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was awarded and honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics in the year 1930, for his great success in the field of Science in India. This discovery was for his work on the scattering of light, and it was named after him then.

2] NCSTC of DST (Department of Science and Technology) is an agency that held to stimulate, populate and popularize the outstanding efforts in the area of Science and Technology. It catalyzes and coordinates the celebration of the NSD all over the country.

3] National Award also in the field of Science and technology is of Rs.2,00,000/- (two lakh) whereas a standard National Award consists of Rs.1,00,000/-(one lakh).

4] There is always a theme based celebration every year. This year it is “Science for the people and People for the Science.”

5] Primary objective of NSD is to widely spread the message about the importance of science in our day to day lives. With the help of science, we have made our life easy and better.

6] Since 2013, the Raman Effect has been designated as an International Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society.

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Some famous institutes that host events to mark the National Science Day

The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) of Pune has set up The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) which is the world’s largest telescope.

The Agharkar Research Institute(Pune) will set up an exhibition that will put on display fossils, hybrid crops, medicinal plants, fungi, and lichens. This exhibits will be set up under ‘Innovate in India,’ ’Swastha Bharat’ and ‘Clean India.’

A questionnaire will be held for astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics(Pune).

The Savitribai Phule Pune University will host a heritage walk whereas the National Centre for  Cell Science will host an open day for students to their labs.

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With all the good thoughts comes the great result. Science has not just been an excellent career opportunity but is also very essential in our daily life. It has transformed our thinking into a new direction and to invent new technologies. Impossible things became possible; the human has reached the space, supercomputers, world of robots, artificial intelligence, mobile technology is all the blessings of science.


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