Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate (translates to universal reverence for science), was organised in 75 cities across the country to mark the National Science Week (22-28 February 2022). The event was a part of Government of India’s “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” and brought together all science ministries, their departments, and autonomous institutions to showcase S&T achievements during 75 years of India’s Independence, and discourse about the STI roadmap for the next 25 years (at the end of which India will complete 100 years of her independence). The event was coordinated by Department of Science and Technology’s Vigyan Prasar, and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), and other Ministries of the Government of India. The Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav began on 12th March, 2021 and will end on 15th August, 2023.
Highlights of the festival:
1. The festival was celebrated at venues at 75 locations across the country. While all the inaugural and finale events, and lectures over the week happening at Delhi were attended live by participants at the 75 locations, and across the country, nodal centres at 75 locations also convened exhibitions, popular science lectures in regional languages, and mobile exhibitions.
Image credits: Vigyan Prasar
2. Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium anchored the mega exposition with the science ministries and departments showcasing their research programmes, and achievements.
3. Science literature festival brought together science writers, communicators, artists, poets, drama artists, street play artists, students, and teachers to communicate science through theatre, poetry, popular folklore including puppet show, shadow play etc.
4. The most watched live session was that of interactions with researchers at India’s Bharati station at Antarctica. The interaction happened on five days and involved scientists and other research staff at Bharati sharing their projects and experience of working in Antarctica.
Image credits: Vigyan Prasar
5. ‘ISRO on Wheels’, a mobile exhibition initiative of ISRO travelled across different cities over 7 days.
Image credits: ISRO
6. Local innovations, startup initiatives, and other local initiatives were showcased at all the venues.
7. Various competitions were organized with assistance from MyGov to engage general public with the festival. These included essay, quizzes, poster-making, among others.
8. Books were made available on the Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate website and can be downloaded from here.
9. Popular science-based radio programmes were identified and broadcast by All India Radio through all the radio stations.
A breakup of the week-long festival:
1. Inaugural function on February 22, 2022, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi to declare the festival open. Click here to watch the video.
2. The next five days celebrated themes at the 75 locations.
- Day 1 (February 23, 2022): Theme - From the annals of the history of Indian S&T
- Day 2 (February 24, 2022): Theme - Milestones of Indian S&T
- Day 3 (February 25, 2022): Theme - Swadeshi/Traditional S&T Inventions & Innovations
- Day 4 (February 26, 2022): Theme - Science Literature Festival (poetry, films, dramas, storytelling)
- Day 5 (February 27, 2022): Theme - Road Ahead – Next 25 Years of Indian S&T
3. National Science Day 2022 and finale of the science festival on February 28, 2022, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Click here to watch the video.
List of supporting organizations:
The festival was supported by Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Space (DoS), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Department of Health Research (DHR), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC), and executed by Vigyan Prasar.