The weeklong mega expo at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium displays India’s scientific legacy and technology prowess that helped to find solutions to challenges in defence, space, health, agriculture, astronomy, climate, environment, wildlife, and various other areas.
New Delhi, Feb 24: Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate, a weeklong nationwide mega-science festival, is underway at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, as a part of the Government of India’s yearlong Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav programme.
With exhibitions spread across 75 locations throughout the country, Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate (literally means ‘science is worshipped everywhere’) showcases India’s achievements in the field of science & technology since Independence.
The weeklong mega expo at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium displays India’s scientific legacy and technology prowess that helped to find solutions to challenges in defence, space, health, agriculture, astronomy, climate, environment, wildlife, and various other areas. Several Ministries, along with scientific departments, institutes and laboratories, are participating in the mega expo.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, has put up an elaborate and interactive exhibition for public outreach and awareness of initiatives, schemes, achievements, and activities undertaken by the Ministry. These include models of ocean research vessels Sagar Tara, Sagar Manjusha, underwater mining machines and autonomous coring systems and informative posters. Students and science enthusiasts are taking a deep interest in understanding the programmes such as Deep Ocean Mission, desalination plants in Union Territory of Lakshadweep and other activities of the Ministry of Earth Sciences displayed at the mega expo.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has displayed various defence technologies and recent developments with several cruise missiles and light combat aircraft models. Experts and scientists present at the DRDO exhibition stall explain the role of DRDO, the latest work, and techniques being used in defence production. Various centres and laboratories under DRDO are participating in their respective initiatives and development works.
The Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES)’s pavilion has on exhibit various technologies and products in the area of explosive, fire, and environmental safety, developed in the Indian defence laboratory comprising high-pressure water mist, lightweight structural fire fighting suit, emergency escape suit, portable fire extinguisher, fire suppressing gel, etc.
While the Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS) has presented its latest development in medical research, recently developed COVID-19 medications, Ultra Swachh (to store PPE kit), MDM (ready-to-use kit for cancer treatment), bike ambulances, the Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL) has put on display its research in the field of solid-state materials and devices. Apart from these, the DRDO has also demonstrated the models of weapon locating radars, Akash launcher, shaurya launcher, mission shakti and nirbhay missile, among other things.
The Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research under the Ministry of Science & Technology have exhibited various schemes and programmes being carried out across the country to take Indian science & technology to newer heights.
The Ministry of Health’s pavilion offers information on its initiatives like NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization), National Tuberculosis program and other things at the expo.
Various institutions under the Ministry of Ayush covering Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha, Unani, and Homeopathy have put up stalls providing information on multiple activities taken under the Ministry for the welfare of people.
Among institutes participating in the mega science expo, Forest Research Institute and Wildlife Institute have displayed their achievements in the environment, climate, and wildlife conservations,
While visitors are getting their hands on the latest forest survey and other reports. There are also various exhibitions by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Indian Council of Medical Research at the Expo.
Besides the exhibitions, Magic Shows, Short plays, and skits on essential topics such as COVID appropriate behaviour, de-addiction, cleanliness, and girl child education are being organized as part of the daily activities at the mega expo. (India Science Wire)