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India International Science Festival to be held in Kolkata from Nov 5: Harsh Vardhan

India International Science Festival to be held in Kolkata from Nov 5: Harsh Vardhan

Mysuru, Oct 12 (UNI) The fifth India International Science Festival (IISF) will be held at Kolkata from November 5, Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday.

Speaking to media persons on Saturday at Central Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI) here, he said about 12,000 Students, Scientists and other stakeholders from India and abroad are expected to participate in the 4-day event. The theme for this year’s festival is `Research, Innovation, and Science Empowering the Nation’ (RISEN India). The event would be held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Science City, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Bose Institute and Indian Institute of Chemical Biology.

He said the aim would be to celebrate the achievements of India’s scientific and technological advancements with the participation of students, innovators, scientists and technocrats to craftsmen and farmers. It will also seek to attract young minds towards the field of Science and promote networking of stakeholders working towards the propagation of Science.

During the four-day festival an Agricultural Scientists Meet; an Assistive Technologies Conclave and Expo for the handicapped; an Industry-Academia conclave; an International Science Film Festival; a National Start-Up Conclave; and Science and Technology Media Conclave will be held, he added.

Stating that highlight of the Festival is setting up of a Students Science Village, where more than 2,500 school students across the country would be housed. Member of Parliament has been asked to nominate five students each along with their teacher from their constituency to be part of the village under the Pradhan Mantri Saansad Adarsh GramYojana.

These students would be engaged in several science-fun activities and have opportunities to interact with scientists and technocrats, he added.

He said that last year five students adopted five villages and all the expenses has been looked after by the union government and continue to support such students in future also besides the technology has reached at the world level.

He said another important event would be a Young Scientists’ Conference, where about 1,500 young scientists and researchers would interact with subject matter experts from various fields and present posters and papers. The most prominent expo will be at Science City. A book fair and a science literature festival would be part of the four-day fair.

The programme, among other things, would highlight the special role of women scientists and entrepreneurs in shaping the scientific growth trajectory of the country. The programme is aimed to develop new entrepreneurship and explore new vistas of opportunities in the field of science.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said it was coincidence that the event was taking place around the birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Sir CV Raman, which falls on November 7 and said that as part of the run up to the festival, programmes would be organized in about 100 places across the country to create public awareness about Science and attract students to study basic Science.

“Our Government is keen that science is used to solve the various problems facing the people such as health and in this context wanted to promote scientific temper particularly among the younger generation,” he added.

The festival is organised jointly by science & technology-related Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and Vijnana Bharati. Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, is coordinating the event.

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