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National Science Day 2021: History, Significance, and Theme of This Year

National Science Day is celebrated in India every year on February 28 to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Sir CV Raman. Read to know more.

National Science Day 2021: History, Significance, and theme of this year

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Every year on 28 February 2021, National Science Day is observed in India to commemorate Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman or CV Raman, the notable Physicist of India who has discovered the Raman Effect in 1928. He was honoured with Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for his achievements.

The Origin:

The NCSTC (National Council for Science and Technology Communication) in 1986 approached the Indian Government to allocated 28 February to be observed as National Science Day. Now, the day is being observed across the country especially in educational institutions, scientific, research, medical institutions. For the first time in 1987 February 28, this day was celebrated and on that day, the NCSTC has declared the institution of the National Science Popularization award for acknowledging brilliant endeavours in this field.

The Significance:

The reason behind celebrating this day is to inspire the youth to grow a scientific temperament and gain more and more interest in science and be much aware of its significance. On this day, State and national level competitions are being held and students from all over the country with their scientific knowledge exhibits several innovative science assignments and projects. Various scientists of our country are being felicitated by the Indian Government for their great contribution in the field of science and technology.

The Theme of National Science Day 2021:

The theme of the current year is "Future if STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work."

Who is Sir CV Raman?

Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (CV Raman) was a notable physicist of India, the man behind the discovery of light scattering. He was the man who first discovered that light crosses through a transparent object, some of the averted light changes amplitude and wavelength. His student KS Krishnan also helped him with this innovation. He gave a whole new phenomenon to the matter of light scattering and eventually it was known as the Raman Effect or the Raman Scattering.

He was the first person in Asia to honour the Nobel Prize in the field of science (Physics) in 1930.

He took retirement in 1948 from the Indian Institute of Science and served as the director in his own-established Raman Research Institute which is in Bangalore till his demise in 1970.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on this day:

The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu took to Twitter and expressed his wishes and greeting to all the citizens who are associated with science and also commemorates Sir CV Raman for his great innovation and providing science with a whole new dimension.

The Ministry of Education Along with several dignitaries also extends their heartfelt greetings on Twitter.

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