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New Delhi : Vigyan Yatra is a promotional activity of the India International Science Festival. In this activity, the mobile science exhibition vans flag off from many cities of the country and the vision behind this science journey is to promote scientific temper and inculcate the culture of science among the masses.

This programme also ignites the minds of the youngsters because science exhibition mobile vans are viewed by all local school/university students that create interest in science and generate awareness about the IISF. This 6th edition of IISF is being organised on virtual platform due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.

Around 30 locations have been identified across the country where this science journey will be organised. Eminent science communicators, innovators, teachers, students, and research scholars of the locality will be felicitated, according to a PIB release.

Indian Association of the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, organised this Vigyan Yatra virtually recently. Prof. Santanu Bhattacharya, Director, IACS,  inaugurated the programme. Chief Guest Prof. M M Sharma, FRS and Padma Vibhushan, shed light on the importance of International Science Festival and the need and outcomes of this unique activity ‘VigyanYatra’.

Invited lecture was delivered by Praveen Ramdas, National Secretary, Vijnana Bharati. Prof. Amitava Patra, Director, INST (Mohali), Prof. Y Sudhakar, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Prof. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, IIT Kharagpur also gave lectures.

CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad, Jharkhand,  also organised ‘VigyanYatra’ on Youtube platform under the East segment of four segments (East, West, North and South) covering the whole country.

At a similar programme by CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, Prof. Sunil Kumar Singh, Director, CSIR-NIO, gave the welcome address. Director General, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR, Dr  Shekhar C  Mande, in his presidential address, said that this science festival is going to impact and benefit every segment of society.