National Science Day 2021: National Science Day (NSD) will be constituted on February 28 to commemorate the discovery of Raman Effect by Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman.
He received a Nobel Prize for this discovery in the year 1930. The day is celebrated to notify the importance of contributions made by scientists towards the development of our nation and the world as a whole.
Sir Raman, on the same date, had invented the Raman Effect in the year 1928. For his contribution in the field of science, Sir Raman was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
When is National Science Day 2021: Date
By celebrating this day as National Science Day, we show our dignity and respect to the famous Indian physicist for his contribution in the field of Science.
This all started on February 28, 1928, when Raman led an experiment with Indian physicist KS Krishnan, on the scattering of light, when he discovered what now is called the Raman effect.
Raman Effect explains the effect on the scattering of light when passing through different materials, that you might study in your science textbooks or may have studied.
Theme of the National Science Day 2021?
It is used to create awareness about the role of science in society. The theme for National Science Day 2021 is ‘Future of STI: Impact on Education Skills and Work’.
National Science Day 2021 Events
Schools of Science & Technology, Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Hyderabad are organising ‘All India Essay Contest on Science and Technology’ on the eve of National Science Day. The topics are — Life during Covid-19, Online Teaching: Benefits and limitations and Social Ethics, Morals and Values.
Though we are living in revolutionised society, still there’s a need to focus on the latest developments that have been taking place at this current point of time, specifically the methods and technology to curb the Covid19 pandemic.
However, Technological Institutes such as Serum and Bharat Biotech are contributing their way better to accommodate the vaccines as per the individual’s needs, but it’s not over yet as we have to go beyond these discoveries to contain the spread of the virus.
Meera Venkatesh, Former Director, Physical & Chemical Sciences, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Former Head, Radio Pharmaceuticals Division, BARC will deliver a guest lecture on ‘Science and its progress in India’ on March 1 at 10 a.m. It will be followed by an online oral presentation by contest winners. Later, the prize distribution ceremony will take place.
The winner of the first prize will get a cash reward of ₹20,000, second prize ₹15,000, third prize ₹10,000 and the remaining students will get a consolation cash reward of ₹2,000.
Objective of National Science Day?
The objective of this day is to motivate the students to try their hands in the field of science.
What is the ‘Raman Effect’?
Raman Effect, also known as Raman Scattering is a phenomenon in spectroscopy discovered by the Indian physicist while working in the laboratory of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in Kolkata. In this, the wavelength of the light scatters when the light is deflected on a particular object.
This was a very important invention which paved the way for innumerable future developments in the scientific world. National Science Day is a tribute to the iconic physicist and a call to the Indian youth to follow the footsteps of the great man.