In India every year February 28 is celebrated as National Science Day. This day marks the discovery of the Raman effect phenomenon of the Scattering of light by the Indian physicist Sir C.V Raman on 28 February 1928. For the discovery of the Raman effect, he was awarded the noble prize in 1930.
Due to the contribution of C.V Raman in the field of Physics and in discovery, the Nation Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) has proposed that every 28 February will be celebrated as National Science Day. The request was approved by the Government of India and from 1936, this is celebrated by the whole country.
Why should we care about Science?
Science is not just about innovation and new technologies, it is Curiosity based. Science occurred in the age of stone, when the cavemen learned what would happen when two stones were rubbed against one another. There was no internet that time but the curiosity helped their brain grow in finding new knowledge.
Theme of National Science Day 2024
This year the theme of National Science Day 2024 is ‘Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat’
The theme of this year’s NSD celebration, Science, Technology, and Innovation, highlights the strategic goal of raising public awareness of the contributions made by Indian scientists in addressing issues through domestically developed technology for the benefit of humankind as a whole.
The theme not only brings in a new era but also offers the scientific and public communities a chance to cooperate, work together, and advance the welfare of India and all of humanity, both locally and globally. It emphasizes the necessity of addressing issues that are important to mankind as a whole, even as it stresses the relevance of using science to make India Atmanirbhar.
Dr. Jitendra Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his additional guidelines on the theme, content, and events of National Science Day.
According to Dr. Jitendra Singh, the G-20 presidency of India, where she will represent the developing nations of Asia, Africa, and South America, is perfectly timed to coincide with the theme “Global Science for Global Wellbeing.”
India has gained international recognition in the community of nations under Prime Minister Modi, and we are prepared for result-driven international cooperation to address global challenges, according to Dr. Jitendra Singh. According to him, when issues, problems, and standards take on a global scope, solutions must likewise be global in scope.
What is the Raman effect?
It is an inelastic scrambling of a photon by molecules, which means that there is an exchange of energy and a change in light direction this effect is named by Raman Scattering. This phenomenon is also knowns as Raman Spectroscopy which now utilizes the chemist and physicists to know about materials.
What is the purpose of celebrating National Science Day?
This day is celebrated to show light on the importance of science in our daily life also to show the achievements and the efforts made in the field of science for human welfare. National Science day is celebrated to discuss the important issues facing the field of science.
On 28 February 2009, the Indian Department of Science and Technology presented the National Award for Science and Communication to the five institutions in the country. These awards are presented to recognize the efforts of government and non-government bodies and the individuals who helped to make science popular in the country. In 2009 award ceremony Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Center was awarded the highest award for their contribution to the science-related learning material and conducting different training programs on science education.
How many awards won by C.V. Raman?
- 1924 -Fellow of Royal Society
- 1929- Knight Bachelor
- 1930- Nobel Prize in Physics
- 1954- Bharat Ratna
- 1957- Lenin Peace Prize
How National Science Day is celebrated?
The National Science Day is celebrated by organizing different science exhibitions, seminars, workshops, public speeches, science movies, exhibitions on the concept of themes, live projects, quiz competitions, and many more science activities.
Where the major Celebrations of National Science Day take place?
- The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT)
- The Defence Reseach and Development Organization (DRDO)
- The Indian Department of Science and Technology
- The Council of Science and Technology
- The CSIR- National Environment Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI)
- The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.