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National Science Day 2022: Know theme, history and significance

National Science Day is celebrated each year on February 28 to mark the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, which is a particular phenomenon of light scattering by matter uncovered by the Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928.

CV Raman was awarded with a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for his discovery on Raman Effect.

History of the National Science Day

In 1986, the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) requested the Central Government to designate February 28 as the National Science Day (NSD).

The aim behind the initiative was to honor the achievements of Sir C.V. Raman as well as other scientists for their achievements in the scientific field.

The National Science Day, after approval, is celebrated all over India in schools, colleges, universities and other institutions. 

The National Council for Science and Technology Communication, following the first NSD in Feb 28, 1987, announced the creation of the National Science Popularization awards which recognised individuals for their contributions in the realm of science and communication.

National Science Day 2022: Theme

  • The theme of the National Science Day 2022 is, “integrated approach in science and technology for a sustainable future”.

Significance of National Science Day

The NSD is celebrated to spread the message about the significance of science and its ability to improve the daily lives of people.

Themes of National Science Day

Since 1999, the National Science Day has been celebrated keeping in mind certain specific themes. They are as follows:

National Science Day

1999Our Changing Earth
2000Recreating Interest in Basic Science
2001Information Technology for Science Education
2002Wealth From Waste
200350 years of DNA & 25 years of IVF – The Blueprint of Life
2004Encouraging Scientific Awareness in Community
2005Celebrating Physics
2006Nurture Nature for our future
2007More Crop Per Drop
2008Understanding the Planet Earth
2009Expanding Horizons of Science
2010Gender Equity, Science & Technology for Sustainable Development
2011Chemistry in Daily Life
2012Clean Energy Options and Nuclear Safety
2013Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security
2014Fostering Scientific Temper
2015Science for Nation Building
2016Scientific Issues for Development of the Nation
2017Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons
2018Science and Technology for a sustainable future
2019Science for the People, and the People for Science
2020Women in Science
2021Future of STI: Impact on Education Skills and Work

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