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 prime objective of the festival is to instill scientific temper among the masses and showcasing India’s contribution in the field of S&T over the years. It aims to build a strategy for rural India through the advancement of Science and Technology. Moreover, it also aims to provide a platform to young students, scientists and technocrats from across India for the exchange of knowledge & ideas and also supporting flagship programs like ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Swasth Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Smart Villages’, ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Namami Gange’, ‘Unnath Bharath Abhiyan’, etc initiated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi. Further, the science festival also intends to make innovation beneficial for the people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses.
Development of a nation at any phase is always linked with technology and it happens when there is advancement in science and innovation. Indeed, Science, Technology and Innovation have emerged as the major drivers of global development and India is not an exception. India has made significant strides in scientific and technological development by also becoming the first nation to reach Mars in its maiden attempt!
However, today India is facing various challenges and opportunities.
Some of these central challenges are in the key sectors of clean water & energy, food, environment, climate, security, and healthcare.
It is important to translate the scientific knowledge into innovations through start-ups and industry so as to facilitate India to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth in the coming decades.
This goal can be achieved, through developing scientific temper among the masses and by strengthening India’s science and technology institutions & furthering their basic research. By 2030 India is aiming to be the world’s leading nation. As the fastest growing economy with a steady growth rate, with the advantages of a large demographic dividend and huge talent pool, India aspires for sustainable and inclusive growth. Emphasizing the role of technologies and innovation, India has declared 2010-20 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’. In this context, the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Govt. of India and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), are jointly organizing the 3rd ‘India International Science Festival (IISF)’ with the theme ‘Science for New India’ from 13th to 16th October 2017, at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Prof. Vijayraghavan speaking on #IISF2017 :