The 3rd edition of IISF 2017 was inaugurated by Hon’ble Min for S&T&ES & Environment Forests & Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan in Chennai in presence of senior science ministry officials, foreign dignitaries and numerous enthusiastic audiences.
The festival scheduled in Chennai during 13-16 October, 2017 aims to instill scientific temper among the masses and showcase India’s contribution in the field of S&T over the years. It looks forward to build a strategy for rural India through the advancement of Science and Technology. Further, the science festival also intends to make innovation beneficial for the people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses.
The festival is spread across various venues which include Anna University, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and IIT-Madras.
As a unique programme of IISF 2017, a Women Scientists & Entrepreneur’s Conclave would be organized to promote and encourage science education and entrepreneurship among the women. The aim of the programme is to develop new entrepreneurship and also explore new vistas of opportunities in the field of science and technology among the women.
India has made significant strides in scientific and technological development by also becoming the first nation to reach Mars in its maiden attempt. India is facing various challenges and opportunities. Some of these important challenges are in the key sectors of clean water & energy, food, environment, climate, 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.
Emphasizing the role of technologies and innovation, India has declared 2010-20 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’. The Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) have come together to organize The India International Science Festival (IISF) every year, since 2015 to encourage scientific temper among the masses and showcasing Indian contribution in the field of S&T over the years. The previous two editions of IISF held at New Delhi have been a great success.
Major Activities of this year are:
1.Special Thematic Session on ‘Deep Ocean Research’
2.Science & Technology Minister’s Conclave
3.Sensitizing Youth to Flagship Programs of Government (SYPOG)
4.Science Village: Parliament to Panchayat
5.National Meet on ‘Social Organisations and Institutions’: ‘Transforming India through Science & Technology’
6.Women Scientists & Entrepreneur’s Conclave
7.National Science Teachers Workshops (Focusing North East States)
8.Industry Academia Interaction
9.Mega Science, Technology & Industry Expo
10.India International Science Film Festival
11.Grassroots Innovators Summit
12.National Start-up Summit
13.Round Table Meet on Mass Communication
14.World Record attempt will be made in “Largest Biology Lesson”
15.National Level Competitions – Ideas for Bharat Nirman
16.Outreach Programme in R&D Labs
The Honourable Vice President of India and many Union Ministers are participating in IISF-2017.
The IISF will go a long way in delivering the goal of imparting ‘spirit of enquiry’ to the public masses.