â€˜Science Expoâ€™, a unique event to bridge the gap between science and society is organised every year at Raman Science Centre, Nagpur, with collaborative efforts of Science & Technology institutions. The objective of the event is to act as an interface between science and society. It greatly helps in creating awareness in the society about the Research & Development works being carried out in various scientific institutions.
The â€˜Science Expo 2020â€™ was inaugurated on January 16 by the hands of Dr. Ranjit Rath, Chairman cum Managing Director, Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited , Nagpur in presence of Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Director NEERI, Nagpur, Shrikant Pathak, Former Director, Central Research and Training Laboratory, Kolkata and Â Vijay Shanker Sharma, project Co-ordinator, Raman Science Centre, Nagpur. On this occasion Dr. Ratna Dhar, AnSI, Suresh Kumar, Regional Director, AMD, Shrinivasan, General manager, RRSC and other Scientist from all the participating Institutions were also present. Students of Tata Parsi, New Apostolic, Pt. Bachharaj Vyas, Anuman College of Engineering were also present.The â€˜Science Expoâ€™ will remain open for the public every day from 11.00 am. to 5.30 pm during 16 â€“ 20 January 2020.
Popular Science Lectures will be held at 12.00 pm, and 3.30 pm every day. Visiting public & Students will be given free entry to the Science Expo site and to the lectures.
Raman Science Centre and other scientific institutions in Maharashtra are jointly organising â€˜Science Expoâ€™ to create awareness among the school/college students; bring students and general masses face to face with practicing scientists; and also to motivate students about the benefits of choosing science as their career.It is expected as in the previous year large number of students from various schools and colleges will visit the expo. They will have the firsthand information on the latest developments in science especially in the fields the collaborating institutions are engaged in. The â€˜Science Expo 2020â€™ is show-casing the scientific Research and Development taking place in 15 participating institutions namely;
- Anthropological Survey of India, Nagpur
- Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration & Research, Nagpur
- Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur
- Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur
- Geological Survey of India (Central Region), Nagpur
- Government Medical College & Hospital, Nagpur
- Manganese Ore (India) Limited, Nagpur
- Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited Nagpur
- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur
- Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, Mumbai
- Indian Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Nagpur
- Raman Science Centre & Planetarium, Nagpur
- Regional Remote Sensing Centre (Central) Nagpur
- Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) Nagpur
Scientists and officials from these institutions will interact with the visitors comprising the school children, college students, family groups, and general masses as well. They will be explaining the scientific developments and works that are being carried out by these institutions along with the career prospects in the field of Science & Technology for the budding scientists.
A series of Popular Science Lectures (PSL) are also organised during the five-day event. â€˜Science Expoâ€™ event shall provide an opportunity for the visiting public especially the students to come closer to the realms of scientific research and understand the joy, agony, and ecstasy of scientific research. This experience, it is hoped, will inspire young minds to opt for scientific career.