Now an India International Science Festival to bring together students, scientists, industry and the public

IISF2015New Delhi (ISJ) ? India on Friday (December 04) unveiled, what is sought to be a mega event in the area of science and technology ? India International Science Festival, on the lines of India International Trade Fair or India International Film Festival.� The five-day event, being held at the campus of New Delhi IIT, is aimed at providing the much-needed platform for research and industrial sectors to demonstrate its work and achievements and reach out to the public directly.

The expo was opened by Union Science & Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, who hopes to take science to the people.

?Science has to be taken to people and its temperament infused into the youth; how scientific research can be made public utility, how to link it to industry are the purpose of this mega event.?

The maiden effort, that is being considered to be made an annual event, emphasises the interdependence of science-technology-innovation and society, seeks to facilitate industrial and academic collaborations, motivate students and bring together scientists, artists and innovators.

?The work in science laboratories should be linked to common man?s problem. We want to divert the attention and interest of youth to resolve the problems facing the country,? said Dr. Harsh Vardhan explaining the purpose of the event.�

Around 4,000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to take part in IISF 2015. Another milestone of the event would be an attempt to set a world record for the largest practical science laboratory experiment by 2,000 school students. The current world record is held by a group of 1,339 Irish school children. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Record will be on hand to oversee and authenticate the record.

Besides exposition, interactions, the festival will host a number of scientific and technical sessions addressed by leading scientists from the country and abroad. Nearly 400 selected research papers will be presented during the Young Scientists? Conference on subjects ranging from indigenous science and technology, agricultural practices and livestock management, green energy, waste management and water management to ocean sciences, geo-information system and vector control.

Concurrently, a film festival will also be held, where internationally acclaimed, national award winning films on science, health and environment will be screened.�

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