Pune: As the country celebrates National Science Day on Wednesday, several events have been organised on the occasion in the city, which has the maximum number of science institutions. Exhibitions, quizzes, expert talks, workshops, science film festival and many more events will be held from Monday onwards.
The Prime Minister too stressed on the importance of the 'relentless quest' for truth. He said, “Never rest till every why, what and how are answered, which are the very essence of scientific inventions and discoveries."
In addition to screening popular science films, National Film Archive of India (NFAI), from March 1 to March 4, will feature prominent scientists, including astrophysicist Jayant Naralikar, former ISRO scientist and the key man behind Kheda TV experiment of the 1970s, EV Chitnis, who will interact with the audience and share their experiences.
NFAI has partnered with Sanshodhan, a city-based NGO, Aashay Film Club and Rawat Nature Academy in organising the second edition of the film festival, entry for which will be free and open for all.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Muktangan Exploratory Science Centre will inaugurate an Innovation Hub for school students in the age group of 10 to 15 years. It is built in collaboration with National Council of Science, Museums, for Promoting Innovation, Creativity and Engagement in Science.
Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope has organised a science exhibition, which will be inaugurated by Jayant Khobragade, Joint Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai. The exhibition will be open to all from 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
National Centre for Cell Science has organised National Science Day Public events, wherein public talks on 'Innovative Ideas in Biological Research' will be given, while two public talks on 'Creating a Space for Engagement with Science' by Dr Jahnavi Phalkey, founder director, Science Gallery, Bengaluru, and 'Genesis and Relevance of Ancient Indian Science and Technology: An Archaeological Perspective' by Vasant Shinde, Vice-Chancellor, Deccan College. Besides that, there would be science displays open from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
India Meteorological Department has arranged an exhibition on the occasion, which will be opened to the public from 10.30 am to 5 pm on Wednesday.
Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad and Marathi Vigyan Parishad have jointly organised a lecture by NJ Pawar, former vice-chancellor of Shivaji Vidyapeeth, on 'Literature and Modern Science', at Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad's Madhavrao Patwardhan hall.
UZH Citizen Science Exhibition will be held at IISER Pune from Wednesday till Friday.