Models depicting scientific phenomena, quiz competitions, games, lectures — schools and colleges in the city organised a host of activities to celebrate National Science Day on Sunday.
The day marks the anniversary of the discovery of Raman Effect – the discovery in Physics that won India its first Nobel Prize in Sciences around 80 years ago.
Talks on scientific subjects, demonstrations and talks were organised at several institutes in Savitribai Phule Pune University, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, (IUCAA), Giant Meter Radio Telescope (GMRT) in Khodad, among other institutes.
On February 28, 1928, through his experiments, C V Raman discovered the Raman Effect – the inelastic scattering of a photon – found in liquids. For this, he was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
At Pune University, over a dozen science faculties, including biotechnology, chemistry, environmental sciences and physics organised exhibitions of where scientific processes and phenomena were demonstrated by the students to a continuous stream of visitors.
At Department of Environmental Sciences, about 50 exhibits such as magnetic train, human digestive system and magnetic levitation were displayed by Science Park.
Alok Sable, 58, who had come to visit the exhibition with his wife and grandson, said, “I visit the exhibition every year with my grandkids because it will expose them to the world of science and feed their curiosity. This is different from what they may see on television, because here, someone from among them is making the models or conducting the experiments. This will bolster their confidence that they, too, can do the same.”
Over the course of the day, hundreds of people visited the exhibitions at university departments as well as at IUCAA and CDAC, with high school and college students from around the city made trips and paid visits to the university campus. They stopped at the stalls and asked questions,apart from taking part in quizzes and games designed to impart scientific knowledge.