Science for transformation at IISF 2018

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To celebrate the nation’s achievements in the field of science and technology through conceivably the biggest platform in India that brings together students, researchers, artists and general public, India International Science Festival 2018 (IISF 2018) is being held in the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. The mega science expo, which kicked off today and ends October 8, expects to spread the message of excitement of science and scientific temper among students and inspire for the youth.

The theme of this edition of the science festival is Science for Transformation. IISF 2018 is conceivably the biggest platform in India that brings together students, researchers, artists and general public to celebrate our nation’s achievements in science and technology. It is a medium to encourage young minds towards the field of science and to promote the networking of stakeholders working towards the propagation of science.

IISF 2018 will have 23 special events and is expected to be represented by around 10,000 delegates including 5,000 students, 550 teachers, 200 students from North-East Region, 20 international delegates and approximately 200 startups.

The Science Village programme is linked with the Pradhan Manthri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana to reach out to the rural masses and propagate science and for seeking scientific solutions to the diverse challenges facing our society, particularly rural India. North East Student’s Conclave will bring hundreds of innovative, dedicated, passionate and award-winning students on a single platform to share their experiences and put forth the new dimensions of passion with science.

As world record attempts have been a key part of IISF since 2015, in IISF 2018, a World Record attempt will be made to “isolate DNA” by 500 students from class 8th to 10th standard.

The special role of women scientists and entrepreneurs in shaping the scientific growth trajectory will be another highlight of this festival. The programme aspires to develop new entrepreneurship and explore new vistas of opportunities in the field of science and technology among the women.

Approximately 800 women scientists/ entrepreneurs will attend the event. There will be a special effort to engage with stakeholders of the Northeast and the aspirational districts. Another feature of IISF-2018 will be Mega Science and Industry Expo that will highlight the outstanding contributions of India in the field of science, technology, and industry.

Building Partnerships Impacting Society is the theme for the State S&T Ministers’ Conclave.  Nav Bharat Nirman and the Science and Literary Festival are the other highlights of IISF 2018. This festival is expected to bring all stakeholders together to discuss the contributions of Science & Technology to the flagship programmes of the Government.

Through this festival, the largest of its kind in the country and in this region, it is expected that the message of excitement of Science and scientific temper will be spread to the students and will be inspiring for the youth. All stakeholders will assemble to collectively work towards Vigyan Se Vikas contributing to the Making of a New India.

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