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On February 28, 1928, Sir CV Raman discovered Raman Effect for which the Physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930.
National Science Day is celebrated every year on February 28 across the nation to mark and recognise the contributions of scientists towards the development of the country. National Science Day is held to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect. On February 28, 1928, Sir CV Raman discovered Raman Effect for which the Physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. The theme for this year’s National Science Day celebration is “Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills and Work”.
Raman Effect is the phenomenon in spectroscopy discovered by Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman while working in the laboratory of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata.
Things Students Should Know About National Science Day
The basic objective of celebrating National Science Day is to propagate the message of importance of science and its application among the people.
In 1986, the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) asked the Government of India to declare February 28 as National Science Day. The Government of India accepted the proposal and declared the day as National Science Day.
India celebrated the first National Science Day on February 28, 1987.
The theme of National Science Day 2021 is “Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills and Work”. The theme has been chosen for raising public appreciation of the scientific issues involved and the impacts science has on education, skill and work.
National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is the nodal agency to support and coordinate celebration of the National Science Day throughout the country, particularly in scientific institutions and research laboratories.
National Science Day is celebrated by organising public speeches, radio and TV programmes, science movies, science exhibitions on themes and concepts, debates, quiz competitions, lectures and science model exhibitions.
CV Raman, received the highest civilian award of India, Bharat Ratna, in 1954.
According to the academy citation, the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman "for his work on the scattering of light and for the discovery of the effect named after him".