National Science Day is celebrated on 28 February each year, to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect, by Sr. CV Raman. He was given the Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1930 for his research on The Raman Effect. This day highlights the importance of science & its significance in our day-to-day life. The National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) popularizes science in India. And so, in 1928, it was the NCSTC who proposed the idea of rewarding 28 February as National Science Day Celebration.
More About Sir. CV Raman and The Raman Effect
Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was born a precocious child & hence pertained maturity & intelligence at an unusually early age. He completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in physics just at the age of 16. And published his first paper based on the diffraction of light while he was still graduating. He has won many medals and has achieved a lot of recognition. Some of his prestigious awards include:
|Curzon Research Award in 1912||1912||He received this award while working in the Indian Finance service. This award was given during Lord Curzon’s rule.|
|Knight Bachelors Award in 1930||1930||His involvement in the 1929 Birthdays Honors was delayed.
So, as an approval Lord Erwin conferred him with this award in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
|Nobel Prize in Physics||1930||For his research on the scattering of light and the discovery of the Raman effect.|
|The Bharat Ratna Award||1954||He received the highest Civilian Award.|
|Lenin Peace Prize||1957||This award was given to the prominent supporters or Communists of the Soviet Union.|
The Raman Effect is the inelastic scattering of photons by matter, which means that there is an exchange of energy and a change in the light’s direction. It includes vibrational energy being gained by a molecule. This phenomenon is also known as Raman Spectroscopy which is utilized by various physicists & scientists till now. Raman Spectroscopy is commonly used in different industries like Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics, Geology and Mineralogy, Carbon Materials, Semiconductors, and Life Sciences.
Celebration of National Science Day
The day is celebrated all over India in various schools, colleges & universities to mark the importance of science in everyone’s lives.
The Objectives of this day Include:
- It reminds us of the efforts and achievements we have made so far, in the field of science.
- It is used to weigh up the implementation of different technologies
- Its celebration through public speeches, science movies/ exhibitions, debates, quizzes, workshops, etc. To motivates students to dig deeper into science & learn its utilization for public welfare.
- It gives everyone an opportunity to state & concludes the issues caused by various technologies all over the country
Values To Learn from National Science Day
The students prepare project works & represent their ideas on Science & Technology. Various schools, colleges, & universities organize different activities based on the present theme. For 2021, the theme is decided to be – “Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work”.
Some of the values we learn from National Science Day:
• Highlights the importance of science in our day to day life
• Encourages students to represent their ideas about science and technology
• Helps us learn more about advancements we have achieved in science (like the new projects, awards & researches)
• Reminds us of some of the greatest scientists of India
• Helps everyone learn with the themes, workshops, and exhibitions held on this day
• Develops inquiry-based learning in Students
• Prepares students for the upcoming digitalized world
• The students learn new ways of applying the technological approach towards their work
• Encourages teachers to use the emerging technologies with the traditional teaching system to enhance their teaching methods
• Reminds us that science has given us so many assets and we should feel grateful for the same
We know that science has a deep impact around the world & its accomplishments are deeply rooted in education. It has made so many smart devices available for learning, that in today’s world knowledge is no more restricted with age, grade, or even power. We hope that this science day also provides children with vast knowledge. And introduces them to different ideas and hopes for the future of the country. Happy National Science Day everyone.