Ritanjali Hastir, Associate Editor, 28th February, 2019, Shimla
National Science Day 2019 was celebrated at Gaiety Theatre, Shimla, as 28th February, is marked as the National Science Day (NSD), which is celebrated all over India with great zeal and fervor, every year to remember the great Indian Physicist Dr Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman for his discovery in the year 1928. On this day, he made the path breaking discovery regarding scattering of light, the phenomenon which is called the “Raman Effect”. For this great work, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in the year 1930. Sir Raman is remembered as a person of huge source of motivation and inspiration by all Indians especially the science students and scientists.
The basic objective of National Science Day is to spread the message and importance of science and its applications amongst the people, especially school and college students.
Continuing the tradition of celebrating science, like the previous year, this year too HIMCOSTE celebrated National Science Day based on the theme “Science for the People and the People for Science“. On the occasion various competitions including Science Quiz Competition, Vedic Maths Quiz, Mathematical Olympiad, Painting Competition, Slogan Writing and Declamation Contest were organized.
Nearly 200 hundred students from various educational institutes including Govt. Senior Secondary School Portmore, other Govt. and Private school students from Auckland House School, St. Edwards’ Chapslee, DAV and many others participated. Students from various Colleges and Universities too took part in various competitions. 12 District Headquarter Colleges, 6 Universities of District Shimla and Solan and local colleges of Shimla were invited for the contest.
A presentation on Vedic Maths was given by Dr. Chandra Mauli Joshi, Chairman, All India Ramanujan Maths Club, Gujarat. He demonstrated the Mathematics tricks which motivated participants in easy understanding of Mathematics.
Shubharn Anand Sharma, GSS Ghanahatti was awarded the first prize and Dhruv, GSSS Khalini and Sapna, GSSS Khalini were the first and second runner up in Vedic Mathematics Competition for Junior category; Nitin Kumar Chauhan, GSSS Ghanahatti was awarded the first prize and Faizal Rani, GSSS Summer Hill and Udit from Chapslee School were the first and second runner up for Vedic Mathematics Competition.
In senior category Moksh, St Thomas School was awarded first prize and Rohitaksh and Amreen Kaur were the first and second runner up for Mathematical Olympiad, Junior Category. Avantika Sharma was awarded first prize and Mehul Gautam and Ishani Sharma were the first and second runner up for Mathematical Olympiad. Aradhana Ahuja, Loreto Convent Tara Hall and Surjan and Saurav were the first and second runner up for Painting Competition, Junior Category, Raja Sharma, J.C.B. New Shimla was awarded first prize and Sakshi Pathania, St Thomas School and Anusha, D.A.V (P.S), New Shimla were the first and second runner up for painting competition, senior category.
Suresh Bhardwaj, Education Minister, Himachal Pradesh graced the occasion as Chief Guest. He highlighted the importance of science in today’s world and motivated the students to study science with zeal.
Dr. B.K Tyagi Scientist gave a presentation on Developing a Culture of Innovation. He said innovation is not limited to labs and R&Ds but in our day to day lives.
A documentary – “Raman – A Tribune” was also screened to inspire children to become a better scientist and achieve new heights.