You must know that February 28 is celebrated as National Science Day in India but do you know why and why this day is celebrated as National Science Day.
I am sure you must have also heard about the famous Indian scientist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (C.V.Raman). On this day in 1928, he discovered the phenomenon of scattering of photons, which was later named after him as the ‘Raman effect’. Two years later in 1930, he received the Nobel Prize for this remarkable discovery and it was the first Nobel Prize for India in the field of science. National Science Day is celebrated every year in India to mark the discovery of his famous phenomenon.
Which day was declared as National Science Day?
In 1986, the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) asked the Government of India to designate 28 February as National Science Day, which was celebrated by the then government. The Government of India accepted and declared this day as National Science Day in 1986. The first National Science Day was celebrated on February 28, 1987.
Why do we celebrate?
The basic objective of celebrating National Science Day is to spread the message of importance of science and its application among the people. National Science Day is celebrated every year in India as one of the major science festivals with the following objectives –
- To spread the message widely about the importance of scientific applications in the daily lives of the people
- To showcase all activities, efforts and achievements in the field of science for human welfare
- To discuss all issues and apply new technologies for the development of science
- To provide opportunities to the scientific minded citizens of the country
- To encourage people as well as popularize science and technology.