National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated every year on 28 February. This year Department of Science & Technology (DST) is organizing a function to commemorate NSD. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology (S&T) will be the Chief Guest at the National event being held in Technology Bhavan in New Delhi. On this occasion, National Awards will also be conferred on the awardees for 2017 for their outstanding contribution in the communication of S&T and promoting scientific temper. The theme of NSD-2018 is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”, which has been chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation of the scientific issues involved.
NSD is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, which led to Sir C.V. Raman winning the Noble Prize. For his great success in the field of science in India, CV Raman was awarded and honoured with the Nobel Prize in the Physics in the year 1930. 28th February was the great day in India when an invention in the field of Indian science was completed by the famous Indian physicist, Sir CV Raman.
Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was a Tamil Brahmin and first one in the science, who had researched such invention in India. To commemorate and honour this event always in the future, 28th of February was asked to the Indian Government to designate as a National Science Day in India by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) in the year 1986.
DST instituted National Awards in 1987 to stimulate, encourage and recognize outstanding efforts in the area of science popularization & communication and in promoting scientific temper. For the year 2017, Dr. Raghbir Singh Khandpur from Punjab has been selected for National Award for Outstanding Efforts in S&T Communication. The award consists of Rs.2,00,000/- (Rupees two lakh), a memento and a citation.
National Science Day is celebrated every year with immense passion at the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (also called GMRT) at Khodad which is a worldwide famous telescope getting operated at low radio frequencies by the NCRA (National Centre for Radio Astrophysics) established by the TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research).
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