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New Delhi : The fourth edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) will be inaugurated by President of India at Lucknow on October 6, 2018. IISF-2018 is expected to be represented by approximately 10,000 delegates including 5,000 students, 550 teachers, 200 students from North-East Region, 20 international delegates and approximately 200 startups.The first and second IISF were held in New Delhi and the third in Chennai.

Addressing a curtain raiser in New Delhi, Science & Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said the IISF is the biggest platform in the country to bring together students, researchers, innovators, artists and general public to celebrate India’s achievements in science and technology. The Minister said that IISF is a medium to encourage the young minds towards the field of science and to promote the networking of stakeholders working towards the propagation of science.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the next festival at Lucknow is a tribute to former Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had brought Science to the centre stage of national agenda. It was  Vajpayee who had added Jai Vigyan to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan”,  Dr Vardhan said.

“All stakeholders will assemble to collectively work towards Vigyan se Vikas– contributing to the Making of a New India as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is taking forward the legacy of late Atal Ji,” said the Union Minister, according to a PIB release.

IISF-2018 with its focal theme “Science for Transformation” will have 23 special events. The Global Indian Science & Technology Stakeholders Meet (GIST), Industry Academia Meet and Science & Technology for Harnessing Innovations (SATHI) – A National startup entrepreneurship summit and Student Science Village are some of the important events being organised. The Science Village programme is linked with the Pradhan Mantri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana to reach out to the rural masses and propagate science and for seeking scientific solutions to the diverse challenges facing our society particularly rural India.

Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Dr Renu Swaroop said that the special role of Women Scientists and Entrepreneurs in shaping the scientific growth trajectory will be another highlight of this Festival.

There will be a special effort to engage with stakeholders of the Northeast and the aspirational districts. North East Student’s Conclave will bring hundreds of innovative, dedicated, passionate and award winning students on a single platform to share their experiences and put forth the new dimensions of passion with science. Another feature of IISF-2018 will be Mega Science and Industry Expo that will highlight the outstanding contributions of India in the field of science, technology, and industry.

As world record attempts have been a key part of IISF since 2015, in IISF 2018, a World Record attempt will be made to “isolate DNA” by 500 students from class 8th to 10th standard.

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