The four-day long mega science expo, India International Science Festival (IISF-2018) organised by Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati and Government of Uttar Pradesh held at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, Lucknow concluded successfully. IISF-2018 witnessed a footfall of more than 10 lakh people and more than 22,000 registrations, the highest in its four year history making it the largest festival of its kind in Asia.
IISF which was inaugurated by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, saw a confluence of scientists, researchers, students, farmers and people from a wide spectrum discussing, debating, and witnessing how science and technology is shaping New India. The festival also provided a common platform for more than 30 journalists across the Nation led by Press Information Bureau (PIB) New Delhi team to interact with each other during the festival. President Press Club Leh Motup Stanzin, being of one of the invitees, took active part in the conference. Speaking at the valedictory function Union Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that after witnessing the huge participation in this four day long science festival, it will not be wrong to add Jai Anusandhan to the quote Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan given by former Prime Ministers of India.
“More than 1,200 research papers were presented, participation of more than 1500 farmers was witnessed apart from a sea of young enthusiasts of science making this festival unique of its kind in the world” said Dr Vardhan congratulating all the stakeholders and further adding that such science festivals should now be a regular feature of not only Central but state government as well. Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari who was the chief guest at the valedictory function launched a website dedicated exclusively to science in India www.scienceindia.in
Highlighting the pervasive role of science and technology across all the major schemes of Government of India, Gadkari said that today is the time to make India a super economic power. Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Research and Science; we name it as knowledge and conversion of knowledge into wealth is the future of our country, said the Union Minister Gadkari also elucidated how research and technology in alternative fuel especially biofuel is swiftly changing the transport industry.