Indian observes the National Science Day every year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect by the Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (CV Raman) on the same day in the year 1928. National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) requested the Indian Government to designate the date as a National Science Day in the year 1986. Since 1987, the national science day is celebrated every year to spread the significance of scientific applications in the daily life of the people.
Here Are The Interesting Facts About The National Science Day
- The National Science Day displays all the activities, efforts and achievements in the field of science for human welfare. It also discusses all the issues and implements new technologies for the development of the science.
- Within a decade of the discovery of the Raman Effect, almost 2,000 research papers on this topic were written and published in reputed international journals.
- CV Raman received the Bharat Ratna in 1954 and the Nobel Prize in Physics 1930 for the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’.
- From 2013, The Raman Effect has also been designated as an International Historic Chemical Landmark by The American Chemical Society.
- The theme for the National Science Day 2019 in India is “Science for the People and People for Science”. Last year, it was “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.
- On the National Science Day in 1987, the NCSTC declared the institution of the National Science Popularization awards to recognize an excellent endeavor in the field of science communication and popularization.
- In 2009, the Indian Department of Science and Technology has awarded the five Indian institutions through the National Award for Science Communication. The Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre was given the highest award.
- The nation celebrates the National Science Day as a science festival by organising science exhibitions, talk shows, debates, competitions, workshops, seminars, symposiums, and many more activities.
- Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (also called GMRT) at Khodad has been organising the two-day exhibition to celebrate this day since 19 years. It is the world’s largest telescope set up by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA).
- Other major celebrations take place at Indian Department of Science and Technology, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) and the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.