New Delhi: The nation is holding its seventh India International Science Festival in Panaji, Goa. The four-day fest is scheduled from December 10 to December 13 for celebrating the different achievements of Indian scientists, along with laying the future science road map.

Ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences in cooperation with Vijnana Bharati took the initiative to organize this festival, a kind of science movement with the true spirit of ‘Swadeshiness’. It will be led by renowned scientists of the nation.The main purpose of the fest is to get the common man engaged with science in a joyful and entertaining way.

2015 marked the journey of this science fest in New Delhi. The activities and programmes that will be conducted during the fest are planned to provide a great opportunity to the scientific fraternity and common man to come together on one single platform.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences is the prime organisation for making this fest happen in 2021. It has implemented the task jointly with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Departments of Space (DoS), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). Also, the State Government of Goa is actively involved in organizing this event.

During a `curtain raiser’ function, Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, launched the countdown.

He said the event’s major thrust during the four-day fest will be in preparing a roadmap in alignment with the Prime Minister’s New India, which wants to see itself in everyone’s eyes as a `Vishva Guru’ (worldwide leader) in the coming 25 years which will mark India’s 100th year of independence.

He further said that the event will also enable Indian technocrats, scientists, and students to exchange ideas/knowledge and support flagship programmes such as ‘Unnath Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Namami Gange’, ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Smart Villages’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Make in India’, ‘Swasth Bharat Abhiyan’, and ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ started by our Prime Minister in the last 7 years.

He noted during the launch that we should not consider it as a mere research subject but understand its power during such fests across the country that inspires critical thinking in today’s youth. He added that when science blends with creativity, it paves the way for “ease of living” for the country’s common man.

National Organising Secretary, Jayant Sahasrabudhe, President of Vijnana Bharati, Dr Vijay Bhatkar, DG, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Shekhar Mande, Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy, K.N.Vyas, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr M. Ravichandran joined the fest launch. Also, Chief Minister, Goa, Pramod Sawant and Chairman, ISRO, Dr K.Sivan joined the science event through their representatives.

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