President Kovind to open world’s largest science jamboree in Lucknow

India International Science Festival is expected to witness a turnout of 5 lakh science enthusiasts

President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind will inaugurate the fourth India International Science Festival (IISF) in Lucknow on October 6. This was revealed by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences.

Vardhan said IISF has emerged as the biggest platform in the country to bring together students, researchers, innovators, artists and general public to celebrate India’s success in science and technology. He said the Lucknow edition of the festival is a tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had brought science to the forefront of national agenda in 1998, after the Pokaran II nuclear test. “Vajpayee added ‘Jai Vigyan’ to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. Since then the National Technology Day is celebrated every year on May 11 to commemorate India’s scientific advancement,” the minister said.

The theme of the fourth edition of the festival is ‘Science for Transformation’. “During the past four years, science in India has undergone a sea change from fundamental science to application science, where science plays a leading role in societal transformation,” he said. He also emphasised the role of science in ensuring inclusive growth. According to him, scientific departments are being encouraged to work in close coordination and partnership with stakeholders in developing solutions for societal challenges and driving development through energization of industrial clusters.

As part of the four-day event, 23 special events are being organised. Over 10,000 students, 550 teachers, 20 international delegates and 200 start-ups are expected to participate in the festival. A large number of students from the Northeastern states will participate in the programme.

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