New Delhi: In the Guinness World Record (GWR) event on the first day of IISF-2020, 50 students assembled at the open park area of CSIR-NISTADS, in New Delhi today. More than 6,874 students joined this event virtually. In this activity, children assembled sun-dial kit with light-shadow and time device. Nominations for Guinness World records is thus attempted for simultaneous gathering of largest number of children making Sun-dials. Ms. Sophia, a resource person from London joined this attempt online and informed that in London 130 students attempted and became successful to assemble the Sun-dial kit. This was the first activity of Guinness World Record event of the IISF 2020.
Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan congratulated the school children and motivated them to pursue and enjoy science in everyday life. Dr. Vardhan said that the virtual participation of thousands of children is itself a unique event and I hope such activities will realise the dream of Self-reliant India.
DG, CSIR Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director, CSIR-NISTADS Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal, National Organising Secretary, Vijnana Bharati Shri Jayant Sahasrabudhe, Coordinator (Secretariat) IISF-2020 Dr. Arvind C. Ranade were also present.
At another event today, Dr. Harsh Vardhai Inaugurated the Student Science Village –Mega Science Hub which is one of the flagship programmes of 6th INDIA INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2020,coordinated by CSIR-NISTAD, New Delhi. Present on the occasion were Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology; Dr. Sridhar Srivastava, Director NCERT, New Delhi, Dr. Sudhir S. Bhadoria, General Secretary, VIBHA, Senior officials and experts from the Government, Research Institutes and Universities along with students from the nook and corner of the country. This year our theme is “School Science for Sustainability” with a core objective to make the science enjoyable. This year’s edition of the Student Science Village is being organized through virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prime objectives of science village is to give exposure to the students from rural India and make them aware of India’s new challenges and achievements in frontier areas of Science & Technology. This programme is linked with the Pradhan Mantri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. Apart from the nomination of students by Members of Parliament, free entry to all the students across the country has been made available to join the festivity of science for creative innovative minds for Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
More than 30,000 Students from various parts of country have registered for participation in Students’ Science Village. The teams of experts and eminent scientists would conduct various live hands on experiments in physics, chemistry, biology, maths. The students after going through interactive scientific discussions, innovative experiments, quiz competitions are expected to boost their scientific skills and knowledge and pave way for their excellence in science. It is understood that Science Village 2020 will give the right global experience to develop scientific spirit at a very young age.
The Minister also inaugurated the Mega Science, Technology & Industry Expo as part of the IISF 2020. This Expo highlights over 400 institutions from Scientific and Industry fields. It will be open 24×7 throughout the IISF-2020 and has always been a big draw for people. It aims at showcasing Indian science in various fields before the global audience.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed happiness that since will remain open 24×7, one can visit it anytime, any number of times and enjoy each and every pavilion. A demonstration visit was also organized on the occasion. DG, CSIR Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director, CSIR-NISTADS Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal, National Organising Secretary, Vijnana Bharati Shri Jayant Sahasrabudhe and many others were present online.