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| Last Updated:: 10/03/2021

National Science Day

            February 28, is Science Day. On that day in 1928, Sir C.V. Raman announced the discovery of the Raman Effect. For this, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930. The Raman Effect led to the growth of a new discipline, Raman Spectroscopy, which has now become a powerful tool for a wide range of scientific investigations and industrial applications.


The basic objective of observation of National Science Day is to spread the message of importance of science and its application among the people. This is essential to accelerate the pace of development. Even in the 21st century and despite many significant achievements sections of our society are still guided by blind faith and beliefs, which is reflected in the quality of decision making on developmental issues.


Science has contributed a great deal to human welfare. Through the gospel of reason and experimental observation, by which is works, it has enabled man to acquire intellectual integrity and even purity of mind. From the materialistic point of view, ranging from environmental issues, disease eradication, space exploration, energy production, information highway to name a few, science and technology has broken barriers to bring peace and prosperity with a cleaner environment with sustainable use of resource for the benefit of mankind. Biotechnology is imparting a major impact on agriculture, health, environment, industry and pharmaceuticals. Communication at lower cost, with greater accessibility, is another product of technology.


Health and hygiene issues are prime concerns for the common people. The daily use of science like the use of clean drinking water, knowledge to eradicate contagious disease, the know-how of various agricultural practices to increase crop production, the usefulness of biodiversity conservation etc., should be disseminated to the common people.

        Generating awareness on science & technology is the first step towards inculcation of scientific temper and capacity building of science communicators is one major component. 


The international theme for National Science Day


2021: "Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work "  

2020: "Women in Science "  

2019: "Science for the People and the People for Science"  

2018: "Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future"  

2017: "Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons"  

2016: "Make in India: S& T driven innovations"

2015: “Science for Nation Building” 

2014: “Fostering Scientific Temper” 

2013: “Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security” 

2012: “Clean Energy Options and Nuclear Safety” 

2011: “Chemistry in our Lives” 

2009: Expanding Horizons of Science 

2008: Understanding Planet Earth 

2007: More Crops per Drop 

2006: Nurture Nature for our future 

2005: Celebrating Physics 

2004: Encouraging Scientific Awareness in Community 

2003: 50 years of DNA & 25 years of IVF – The blue print of Life 

2002: Wealth from Waste 

2001: Information Technology for Science Education

2000: Recreating Interest in Basic Science 

1999: Our Changing Earth