The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) informed on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address at the India International Science Festival (IISF) via video conferencing which is to be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
Narendra Modi will be delivering the inaugural speech on December 22 at 4.30 pm via video conferencing.
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan will also be present on the occasion.
To promote scientific temper in society, the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati conceptualised the IISF.
The India International Science Festival:
The India International Science Festival (IISF) is an annual event organised jointly among others by DST, DBT, MoEF, MoHWF and CSIR from the Government of India and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) as well as with the support of a large number of other organisations.
IISF was launched in the year 2015 to celebrate the promotion of science and technology. The aim is to engage the public with science, celebrate the joy of science and show how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can provide solutions to improve lives.
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IISF 2020 is going to be observed from December 22, on the virtual platforms. This will be the largest science festival to be held on a virtual platform. The central theme of this year’s festival is “Science for Self-reliant India and Global Welfare”. The goal of IISF-2020 is to help the youth develop 21st-century skills, with a focus on scientific knowledge, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. A long-term objective is to encourage students to study and work in scientific fields.
The festival will begin on Tuesday, December 22, the birthday of Srinivas Ramanujam, the world-renowned Indian mathematician and culminates on 25th December, the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was a firm believer of development through Science and Technology.
In an exclusive interview with AIR News, Dr Shekhar C. Mande, secretary, DSIR and director-general, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research has said, the objective of IISF is to induce the person about different facets of science and technology.