Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today said that India’s global supremacy will be defined by its scientific prowess.
He said that the recent twin achievements of Chandrayaan-3 and the Covid vaccine have put the Indian scientific community at par with international standards.
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science and Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh briefed the media about the upcoming 9th India International Science Festival (IISF) – 2023 will be held in Faridabad in January 2024.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that in the last more than 9 years under the government headed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, scientific discoveries have been used to provide “easy life” for the common man.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said IISF is a festival to promote those who can benefit from science, technology and innovation. The role of science and technology has permeated every aspect of our lives as almost all ministries and departments have STI applications for sectoral development, he said.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that whether it is roads, railways, smart city project, telemedicine, deep sea exploration, groundwater mapping, crop imaging, the applications of S&T are quite visible to all.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Science Festival will be celebrated on three levels – first, the number of success stories that have global significance will be shared with key stakeholders such as start-ups, industry bodies, innovators, researchers, students and scientific community from India and abroad; second, we are now on the same page in the world’s major scientific breakthroughs
as the National Quantum Mission recently announced, is conducting research and development with an elite league of six other countries.
The third reason mentioned by the Minister of Science and Technology is that India has set an example to the world that research is meant for development purposes and more so that in the last almost ten years almost all flagship schemes have the imprint of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood said that IISF will ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship in our youth and provide an opportunity to showcase the wonders of science around us through exhibitions and a startup conclave.
Secretary, DST, Dr. Abhay Karandikar said that more than 10,000 students will participate in IISF, apart from 500 young researchers who will discuss new initiatives and cutting-edge technologies. More than 100 startups will showcase their achievements and over 12,000 delegates are expected to be a part of this spectacular event.
9th edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2023 will be held in Faridabad, Haryana from January 17th-20th2024
The India Mega Science Fair will be held at the Translational Health Sciences and Technology Institute (THSTI) Campus and Regional Center for Biotechnology (RCB) of the Department of Biotechnology in Faridabad.
The theme of this edition is ‘Science and Technology for Public Access at Amrit Kaal’. IISF 2023 aims to provide a platform to inspire the general public and people with various levels of interest such as students, faculty, scientists, researchers, industry professionals, entrepreneurs and science communicators.
IISF 2023 will have a total of 17 themes to showcase scientific achievements, offering various benefits to participants and the general public.
During IISF-2023, the IISF Challenge will be a unique event where a new record will be created and set at a global level as a challenge. This year nearly 500 satellites (WeMoSat) will be developed by a team of two 9th grade studentsth. All such weather satellites will measure pressure, temperature, humidity, etc. up to a height of 200 meters. All assembled satellites will be lifted to such a height by a paramotor.
Nearly 100 women scientists and successful entrepreneurs will participate in the festival and showcase their achievements and success stories among the delegates. Also, nearly 40 to 50 international experts are likely to visit the festival and will deliver talks and interact with various stakeholders for possible collaboration in various S&T streams.