Science Day to be celebrated in Pune

Thursday, 28 February 2019

There will be interactions with scientists on February 28 and March 1 from 9.30 am to 5 pm. This year is celebrated as the ‘International Year of the Periodic Table’ (IYPT) of chemical elements.

PUNE: Various science institutes in the city have organised science exhibitions, talks, interactions and displays as part of Science Day celebrations. Science Day is observed on February 28 and this is the only day when many of the science institutes are open for the public to visit.

National Centre for Cell Science (NCSS) have an open day for the public from 10 am to 1 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm. The public will be able to visit four designated labs, the central facilities (Cell repository, Confocal microscope facility, FACS facility, Proteomics facility, Bioinformatics facility and displays in the foyer). A NCCS documentary, ‘Cellular Insights’, will be inaugurated by Vice Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University Prof Nitin Karmalkar at 9.30 am. This film, made to commemorate 30 successful years of NCCS, was directed by award-winning film-maker Nandan Kudhyadi. 

Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) Observatory has organised a science exhibition for school students and engineering college students at Khodad. There will be interactions with scientists on February 28 and March 1 from 9.30 am to 5 pm. This year is celebrated as the ‘International Year of the Periodic Table’ (IYPT) of chemical elements. 

The MACS-Agharkar Research Institute has organised an Open House on the occasion of the National Science Day for students and citizens from 10.00 am to 4 pm. Graduate and post-graduate students will find the exhibition interesting. Exhibits on display will include fossils, hybrid crops, medicinal plants, fungi and lichens. Exhibits under ‘Innovate in India’, ‘Swastha Bharat’, ‘Clean India’ will include products developed using nanotechnology, a method to detect viral infection in shrimps, a mobile application to measure blood haemoglobin, processes for microbial degradation of human and agricultural wastes. Research on drosophila, hydra and zebrafish will be on display.

Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics have organised a host of programmes. It includes astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar interacting with the students at 2 pm. Various other events including exhibitions, telescope making, amateur astronomy information and rational thinking stalls will be put up. Besides that, a special session on Women in IUCAA and public lecture on ‘Lasers as Optical Traps and Bullets’ will also be held. From 7 pm to 10:30 pm, public skywatch and telescope viewing too will be held, which requires passes that are available at IUCAA security. Event will be webcast live at

A science exhibition will also be held at Science Park, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on the occasion of National Science day, which will have a total number of about 150 models depicting the concept of motion, pressure and also human body. The major attraction of this exhibition is the 3D model of DNA. Visitors will be able to see ‘life in a drop of water’ through a microscope. Nearly, 90 volunteers across different schools and colleges will be demonstrating these projects to the visitors. It is open from 11 am to 5 pm.

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