India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 ‘Sankalan’ Ceremony

CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, on 4 March 2021 organised a Sankalan Ceremony to bring out the outcomes of IISF-2020 in the form of a scientific report “Sankalan” at India International Center (IIC), Delhi.

During the Sankalan Ceremony, Dr Shekhar C. Mande, DG-CSIR, highlighted the importance of the IISF 2020. He said, “When we thought of organizing the IISF in pandemic time, we were not firm whether it would be fruitful. But when we moved ahead, we got the cooperation of Departments, Institutes, scientists and science lovers. And I would like to say that without the support of these people and dedicated organisers, we would not be able to succeed.”

He added that the ‘Sankalan’ of IISF-2020 is a document that reflects the efforts made and outcomes of this huge virtual science festival. He also added that India’s Prime Minister and Vice President have graced the IISF-2020 and inspired the stakeholders tremendously and that their messages would definitely motivate the participants. 

On this occasion, while welcoming the audiences and organisers, the Chief Coordinator and Director of the Nodal Institute (CSIR-NISTADS) Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal said, “We attempted our best to connect all the stakeholders and participants of IISF on the virtual platform. We not only succeeded to connect people across the world but at the same time we connected the people who live even in the far-flung areas of the country.”

She also added that in the IISF 2020, there were 41 different events and each one was closely connected to society and humanity. Dr Aggarwal expressed heartfelt gratitude to all the organising agencies, scientists, students, and other stakeholders of IISF.  

Delivering his address virtually, DST Secretary Prof. Ashutosh Sharma said that IISF has become a science movement and was inspiring the new generation along with other stakeholders. He added that every next edition of this science festival has turned out to be more vibrant and more fruitful to society.

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India is one of the key organisers of the IISF since its inception. Dr C.P. Goyal, Joint Secretary, DBT, said on this occasion that science plays a very crucial role in human welfare. IISF not only encourages the students and science enthusiasts but it also serves society and humanity at large.

Dr Vijay P. Bhatkar, National President, Vijnana Bharati delivered the presidential address during the ceremony. He said that IISF is not only an annual event, but it has now become a science movement. In 2015, it was started as a small beginning and the very first IISF was organised in IIT Delhi. “When we organized the first IISF, we did not even think that it will become an annual event,” he said. He said that when they were planning to organise IISF 2020, the entire world was facing the challenges of the COVID pandemic. But despite this the organisers, stakeholders and participants made this programme a grand success. 

Shri Jayant Sahasrabudhe, National Organising Secretary, VijananaBharati (VIBHA) said that IISF generates curiosity to pursue good science through the awareness of the great scientific discoveries and technological achievements which have been the strength of ancient India.