NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY 2008 - Understanding the Planet Earth


Welcome again to Planetary Society, India website.

If you have come here searching for information on National Science Day. You may kindly visit

2009 Here you will find information regarding a celestial event for 27th/28th Feb along with information of National Science Day.

The focal theme for this year is ‘Expanding Horizons of Science’.


This post has been updated on 26th Feb,2009

Since past 2 Weeks we have been coordinating "Science Express" (An Indo-German Project)

This Train with Exhibits during it journey of 15000 Km across the country was in Hyderabad from 23rd Feb to 27th Feb. I am just relieved and back to work.

Any how If you are interested for some information on National Science Day visit This article is posted last year though with some mistakes.

The theme for the National Science Day –2008 is “Understanding the Planet Earth”.

We would be back with more detailed article on this important day today evening.

Following are excerpts from Department of Science Technology site :

The Day is observed to mark the novel discovery of Raman Effect by the great Indian Physicist Sir C. V. Raman on 28th February, 1928. Raman Effect is a phenomenon in spectroscopy discovered by the eminent physicist while working in the laboratory of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of science, Kolkata. After two years of this discovery, Sir C. V. Raman brought the first Nobel Award for the country in 1930. Hence the National Science Day is a great day for Indian Science and scientific community.

Besides, National Science Day offers an opportunity to bring issues of science on to centre stage. The activities organized on the occasion provide public with an occasion to personally attend various programmes and be aware of the emerging issues of immediate concern. Organizing activities with the involvement of large number of people results into purposeful interaction between the science fraternity and the common people for mutual benefit.

Basic objectives:

The basic objective of observation of National Science Day is to spread the message of importance of science and its application among the people. This is essential to accelerate the pace of development. Even in the 21st century and despite many significant achievements certain sections of our society are still guided by blind faith and beliefs, which is reflected in the quality of decision making on developmental issues.

Observation of NSD attempts at generating scientific minded citizens. Science has contributed a great deal to human welfare. Through the gospel of reason and experimental observation, by which it works, it has enabled man to acquire intellectual and mental excellence. From the materialistic point of view, ranging from environmental issues, disease eradication, space exploration, energy production, information highway to name a few, science and technology has broken barriers to bring peace and prosperity with a cleaner environment with sustainable use of resource for the benefit of mankind. Biotechnology is making a major impact on agriculture, health, environment, industry and pharmaceuticals. Communication at lower costs, with greater accessibility, is another product of technology.

It helps inculcate scientific temper among school children. Health and hygiene issues are prime concerns for the common people. The daily application of science like the use of clean drinking water, knowledge to eradicate contagious disease, the know how of various agricultural practices to increase crop production, the usefulness of biodiversity conservation, etc., should be disseminated to the future generation.

Building of science communicators is another component of the NSD celebrations.

Our Planned Activities :

Society is planning year long series of Activities like

1. Raman - Mars Science Laboratory
2. Raman - Computers
3. Year of Earth and Understanding

Source : Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, NCSTC
and Other sources

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