National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated every year on 28th February to mark the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, for which a Nobel Prize winning research paper submitted by Sir C.V. Raman was accepted on that day.
National awards for the year 2014 for Science & Technology popularization will also be bestowed by the Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan at a function on Monday. Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Hon'ble Minister of State, for Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences, will preside over the function.
Awards, for outstanding contributions in popularising science and technology among the children, students and general public are presented every year.
National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) instituted national awards in 1987 to stimulate, encourage and recognize outstanding efforts in the area of science popularization and communication and promoting scientific temper.
Shri Sarasvatichandra Acharya, Ahmedabad and Dr. A. Subbiah Pandi, Chennai are the National Awardees for Outstanding Efforts in Science & Technology Communication in the Electronic Medium. All these awards consist of an award amount of Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh), a memento and a citation.
NCSTC acts as a nodal agency to support, catalyze and coordinate celebration of the National Science Day in scientific institutions and research laboratories throughout the country and also supports various programmes by the State Science &Technology Councils & Departments for organizing lectures, quizzes, open houses, etc.