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New Delhi : A series of events are being organised to sensitise the young minds and invite participation for the International Science Festival (IISF) – 2020, scheduled to be held from December 22 to 25, 2020. In different parts of the country, a number of events are being  organised aimed at popularising this mega science festival ahead of the main festival and to spread awareness about its relevance to different aspects of life.

A curtain raiser ceremony on Water Segment “Water Science for Societal Development, Nation building and Aatmanirbhar Bharat” was organised on virtual platform by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai. NIOT is an autonomous institute of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India. The chief guest of this event, Dr T Ramasami, former Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, emphasised the need for societal development of water science. The event was addressed by Jayant Sahasrabudhe, Organising Secretary, Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA).

IISF-2020 is being hosted by CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi.

A similar curtain raiser ceremony was organised in Gorakhpur, UP. The theme of this programme was Health Research Conclave. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, Maharashtra,  organised a webinar on virtual mode.

An outreach programme to sensitise young minds was organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan’s Mehta Vidyalaya and Hubs School for the IISF 2020. Popular Science lectures were delivered by Dr Rajinder K. Dhamija, Head-Neurology Department, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, and Dr Jagvir Singh, Scientist-F/Director, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, according to a PIB release..