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The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has used several mechanisms, schemes, programmes and projects across the entire length and breadth of the country to popularize science. Major initiatives undertaken are as follows:

Science for Children: Schemes and Programs

Science for Children: Schemes and Programs

Science for Children: Schemes and Programs

Science Express

  • To spread awareness about science amongst masses, particularly children from rural places, Science Express is an innovative science exhibition mounted on a custom-built 16 coach AC train travelling across the country.
  • Successfully completed 8 phases of journey which included 4 phases as ‘Science Express’, 3 phases as ‘Biodiversity Special’ and another as ‘Climate Action Special’.
  • On-board team of Science Communicators conduct Outreach Activities in the vicinity of the Railway Station.
  • 9th phase was launched in February 2017 is in progress.

National Children’S Science Congress (NCSC)

  • Launched in 1992 to encourage and engage school students in the age group 10–17 years to find possible science and technology (S&T) solutions for challenges in local localities and communities.
  • Each year, about 500,000 rural & urban students participate at the District level competitions across the country. Projects evaluated at the State level and further at the National level and now even at International level.

India International Science Festival (IISF)

IISF 2016 was a conglomeration of different scientific components, with a focus on students and the young scientists-

  • Science Village (3000 school students from rural background across the country)
  • Young Scientist Conference (with 3000 scientists from various R&D institutions)
  • Mega Science Expo with the participation of all the scientific and R&D institutions across India

IISF mega event supported by Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati for the second successive year in 2016.

National Council of Science Museum (NCSM)

  • Comes under Ministry of Culture
  • Organizes Science & Engineering Fair, Innovation Festivalsm and Mobile Science Exhibition Programme.
  • Has a fleet of 24 exhibition buses with science exhibits have been traveling in rural areas specially
  • Organizes educational activities viz. science exhibitions, science seminars, science camps, popular science lectures, etc. through its chain of 25 Science Museums, Science Centers, Planetaria, etc.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 12, 2017


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