“Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” – Stephen Hawking
“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” – Edward Teller
Science is something without which, it is nearly impossible to imagine the seamless flow of routine work in today’ world, which is why, the different countries across the globe observe a day, specially dedicated to Science, on different dates. In India, the National Science Day is celebrated on 28th of February, every year with a new theme. The theme for National Science Day celebration this time is “Science for Nation Building”.
The famous Indian physicist, Mr. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman discovered the Raman Effect (effect on scattering of light when passing through different materials) on this day, in the year 1928. He was won the very first Noble Prize for our country, in the year 1930 for this discovery. The Raman Effect is considered to be one of the greatest in the history of Indian Science and also holds much significance in the field of science, till date. The American Chemical Society recognized the “Raman effect” as an International Historic Chemical Landmark, in 2013.
In the year 1968, the Government of India proposed that the National Science Day should be celebrated on the date of discovery of ‘Raman Effect’, to the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC). Ever since then, National Science Day is celebrated in our country to spread the message of importance of science and its application among the people and to eradicate superstitions, blind faiths and beliefs.
Traditional Celebrations of National Science Day
National Science Day is celebrated with great zeal in all the schools, colleges and especially in technical institutions. Many educational institutions organise Science Fairs to celebrate this day. All through the country, various programmes and activities like debates, competitions, exhibitions, lectures, seminars, quiz programmes, film shows, folk forum communication, elocution etc. are organized, starting or ending on this date, around the year’s focal theme. Also, the ministry of Science and Technology promotes this day and updates all the masses with the attest discoveries and achievements of science through public speeches or other communication programmes.
Tips to Celebrate the Day of Science with your Children
- Explain to your children the significance of Science and the role technology plays in our daily lives
- Encourage them to participate in the various programmes being organized at school to commemorate the day
- Visit the National Science Museum or any other Science Gallery situated in your locale with your children
- Visit a Science Fair with your family and inform them about the latest discoveries and their applications