Vigyan Samagam: Pushing The Frontiers of Science’ a science exhibition will be held will be held in Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum from 29 July-28 September. It will be a mega science exhibition showcasing India’s participation in international science projects.
The Vigyan Samagam is an effort of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and National Council for Science Museums (NCSM).
Department of Science and Technology in India :
India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy.
In the wake of the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary for the country to embark on some major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow’s technology.
The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.
Importance of science exhibition – Vigyan Samagam :
In education, the term exhibition refers to projects, presentations, or products through which students “exhibit” what they have learned, usually as a way of demonstrating whether and to what degree they have achieved expected learning standards or learning objectives.
The science exhibition is an important factor to motivate the students toward science. The science exhibition contributes their social developments. The exhibition increases the skills of the presentation and increases the interest in being scientist and engineer.
Vigyan Samagam :
Vigyan Samagam exhibition will traverse you through the world from micro to macro, unveiling the efforts of the international community in understanding the Universe. It will showcase India’s participation in the world’s major Mega Science projects, where several developed countries are participating collectively.
What to expect at Vigyan Samagam exhibition :
Vigyan Samagam exhibition will take one through the workings of the Universe. From discovery of the Higgs particle to that of gravitational waves from merger of neutron stars and black holes, these projects throw light on crucial questions related to the origin of the Universe and its evolution through its various stages.
The Mega Science Projects in which India is participating are the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), ‘Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research’ (FAIR), ‘India-based Neutrino Observatory’ (INO), ‘International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor’ (ITER), ‘Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory’ (LIGO), ‘Thirty Meter Telescope’ (TMT) and ‘Square Kilometre Array’ (SKA) for this purpose. All these projects will be showcased during the Exhibition at a single place.
Exhibition at different places :
Vigyan Samagam will be a multi-venue Science Exhibition conducted for 11 months in the cities of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and New Delhi. The Exhibition in Mumbai opened for visitors from 8th May, 2019 and closes on 7th July, 2019 at Nehru Science Centre, Worli.
After Mumbai, it will be in Bengaluru from 29th July 2019 to 28th September 2019 at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. It will then be open to public at Kolkata from 4th November, 2019 to 31st December, 2019 at Science City. In its final leg, it will reach New Delhi at the National Science Centre from 21st January, 2020 and will close on 20th March, 2020.
The organizers DAE and DST and NCSM have planned this Mega Science Exhibition of a global stature in a unique way and with a distinct objective. The Exhibition will not only showcase India’s contribution to international collaborations on fundamental science and research but will also provide a common interactive platform for Mega Science Projects, industry, academia and institutions.
Format of the exhibition – Vigyan Samagam :
The Exhibition will have themed-based galleries of posters, working models and exhibits, informative audio-visual content and electronic displays and interactive kiosks will be setup for each of the Mega Science Projects.
The inaugural event at every venue will be followed by a two-day scientific event comprising invited talks and lectures by eminent speakers from the field of science, technology and industry.
The exhibition will also aim to connect with school children, students and aspirants who want to pursue fundamental science and research as a strong career option. It also provides a unique platform to all stakeholders for cross-fertilization of ideas.
Participants at Vigyan Samagam :
Vigyan Samagam will have the presence of prestigious organisations such as CERN, FAIR, INO, ITER, LIGO, TMT and SKA. The audience would also include invited members from various scientific organisations, industry and academia.
Coinciding with the scientific discussion during the first two days at each venue, industry partners working with the participating Mega Science Project Groups will set-up expo at the venue to showcase their contributions.
As part of project awareness activities, each participating Project will be carrying out week-long activities consisting of popular talks, science demonstrations, interactive quiz programs, etc.
Connecting with School Children, Students: A key objective of Vigyan Samagam:
The major attraction of the Vigyan Samagam is an exhibition ‘Accelerating Science’ which has travelled all the way from the prestigious internationally acclaimed scientific research institution CERN (European Union of Nuclear Research), Geneva, Switzerland.
One of the attractions showcases at the Vigyan Samagam exhibition is LIGO-India, an ongoing enterprise to set up a new gravitational wave detector, on Indian soil based in Aundh, Maharashtra. The project is jointly funded by the DAE and DST.
The current generation of school students are the future leaders who will be taking active participation in the mega-science projects, therefore, creating awareness about such mega-science projects among them is one of the main important objectives of the mega exhibition.
In order to reach out to people at large and get them involved with this Exhibition Vigyan Samagam has launched a website www.vigyansamagam.in where people can get more information about it. It will soon launch a mobile application Vigyan Samagam.
Events such as talk shows, lectures planned during the Exhibition at each of the four places will be streamed live through popular social media platforms.
Exhibition will be open on all Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays at Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum and the timing will be from 10 am to 6 pm.