Jamshedpur, Nov 29: India International Science Festival (IISF) is an annual event organized every year jointly by Government of India and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) to create a common virtual platform for students, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and artists for interaction.
The organizers of IISF 2021 have development and economic agenda to create “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), Jamshedpur organized an outreach program on virtual platform on November 29. The Chief Guest for the event was Prof. Rajesh Prasad, IIT Delhi. Sreepasad M Kuttan, Organizing Secretary at Vijnana Bharati and Dr. Sridevi Jade, Outstanding Scientist & Head of CSIR-Fourth Paradigm Institute (4PI) were invited as the Guests of Honour.
The event started with a short video show followed by lighting lamp digitally. Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, Director, NML welcomed all dignitaries, guests and all participants attending this event virtually. In his welcome address he introduced the guests of program and talked about the significance of holding this program.
Kuttan, guest of honour, talked about past IISF programs and gave brief outline of the 7th IISF this year. As he mentioned, the main objective of IISF was to showcase how science touches each and every section of the society with festival mood. He informed the audience that this time the 7th IISF 2021 would be held on December 10-13 in hybrid mode. People from Goa and Maharashtra can visit the venue which is Goa while others can attend online programs after registering for the event.
The topic of the lecture of Dr. Sridevi Jade, Guest of Honour, was “A Preview to the Festival of Games & Toys at IISF 2021”. She and her associate Pavithra N R, Scientist at CSIR-4PI, delivered a very engaging speech. Pavithra gave a brief outline of the Games and Toys sessions of IISF 2021.
Prof. Rajesh Prasad, chief guest, spoke about “Learning Science with Fun”. He explained various laws of science with simple examples from our everyday life and concluded his lecture with inspiring words for the young audience.
At the end of the event, Dr. Mita Tarafder, Chief Scientist and Head, KRIT Division of CSIR-NML, made announcements about upcoming skill training and other programs of CSIR-NML and extended vote of thanks. She thanked the speakers for their lectures and the insights given to the audience. The program was attended by more than 125 people from all over India.
IISF is an endeavor to motivate young minds and create interest in science. The theme of this year’s festival is – Celebrating Creativity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Prosperous India. CSIR is the nodal organization who organizes this festival and CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur is the coordinating institute for IISF 2021.
This includes a number of presentations on events to remember the role of scientific community in freedom movement, new science and technology ideas to create new India, showcasing the science and technology achievements of India in last 75 years, science and technology action plan for new India and resolves taken to make “Atmanirbhar” and prosperous India.