National Science Day - February 28, 2023

National Science Day
Last Updated on: 25 Nov 2022

What Is National Science Day? 

National Science Day of India was inaugurated to honor Sir C.V Raman’s achievements. 

However, the day has become more significant in our lives. Now, it's a day to celebrate science's blessings, acknowledge scientists' efforts, and celebrate their inventions and discoveries.

More importantly, the Indian government organizes this day yearly to create more interest and enthusiasm. The goal is to encourage and promote scientific minds in the making. 

Science Day All Quick Overview

  • Time / Date: Every year on February 28
  • Category: Special Interest
  • Where It’s marked: National Science Day is observed in India
  • Why It’s marked: National Science Day honors the discovery of the “Raman Effect” by physicist C.V. Raman in 1928, who also happens to be a Nobel laureate.

History Of National Science Day

As we already know, National Science Day was introduced because of Sir C.V. Raman. His discovery of the “Raman Effect” led the Indian government to initiate this day. 

The day was designated National Science Day by the government in 1986. Considering Sir CV, Raman announced his discovery and received the Nobel Prize in 1930. 

The National Council for Science & Technology asked the Government of India to designate February 28 as National Science Day. 

And since then, the event is now celebrated all over India. Most schools, colleges, universities, academic institutions, and scientific, technical, medical, and research institutions celebrate the day enthusiastically.  

How To Celebrate National Science Day?

Science will always be valuable in our everyday life. And National Science Day is observed to raise awareness about the value of science. 

Do you want everyone to be interested in science as you are? Then without further ado, let's check out some National Science Day activities to get everyone on the bandwagon. 

Public Speeches- Every year, India organizes public speeches by scientists and national leaders to inspire everyone to join the science sector.  

Speech/Quiz/Essay Competition- Traditionally, educational institute arranges science-related speech, quiz, and essay competitions. Kids participating in these competitions can grow their interest in this field.  

Science Fair- Science fairs are the most popular events organized on National Science Day. It is the easiest way to lure the younger generation toward science. We're sure your kids will get more excited about a science fair. 

Science Debate- Debating about everything science is not only for the mature crowd. If young people witnesses science-related debates regularly, they can master the topics in no time.

Countries That Observe National Science Day

Science Day is celebrated globally on November 10. That's why it is called International Science Day. But National Science Day of India is observed on February 28. 

Interesting Facts About National Science Day

National Science Day

Did you know National Science Day is called "Rashtriya Vigyan Divas" in Hindi? Which translates to National Science Day. Since Hindi is India's first language, the day is more popularly known as Rashtriya Vigyan Divas. 

You’ll find many other interesting facts about this day if you scroll down. Learn and make science more fun! 

  • Google released a doodle celebrating C.V. Raman's 125th birthday and his contributions to science on November 7, 2013. 
  • The National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) of the Department of Science and Technology is the primary agency maintaining National Science Day. This organization supports and coordinates National Science Day ceremonies across the country. 
  • CV Raman was appointed the first Indian director of the Indian Institute of Science in 1933. 
  • After India's independence in 1947, Raman became the country's first National Professor.
  • CV Raman was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor, in 1954.

Unique National Science Day Celebration Ideas

Contradicting popular opinion, science is surprisingly fun. You don't always have to scratch your solving equations or lose your mind while detecting organic compounds in a chemistry lab. You can enjoy National Science Day with fun activities that are enjoyable and loved by everyone.   

Science Experiments At home- Do you want to celebrate Science day and have fun with your kids? Science experiments are the answer! Making volcanoes, soda bottle volcanoes, or magnet magic are a few examples. 

These experiments are not harmful or hard to do. With minimum effort and some household items, you can have maximum fun.

Origami making- Making origami has been associated with science for years. The complex folding to make a shape is like creating a science project itself.

Watch Movies Related to Science- Popular movies like Radioactive, Theory of Everything, Hawking, Madam Curie, Hidden Figures, and The Imitation Game can be excellent watches to celebrate National Science Day. 

It is also a day when you can influence children and inspire them to be scientists. Show them the wonders of science, make them interested and excited to pursue a career in science, and control the innovator and scientist that lies dormant inside them!

To Conclude 

Now that you have a better grasp on what National Science Day is, I hope I was able to get you excited and make you look forward to next year's National Science Day, and give you ideas to celebrate and observe it with your loved ones and science nerds!

FAQs

1. What is the Raman Effect?

Sir C.V. Raman discovered Raman Effect. Hence, the naming. It is a waveform shift exhibited by some of the scattered radiation in a medium. Since the effect is specific to the molecules, it can be used in spectroscopic analysis.

2. Why do we celebrate National Science Day in India?

Every year on February 28, National Science Day is celebrated across the country to generate enthusiasm among the people and popularize science and technology to strengthen scientific value among the masses.

3. What is the main objective of National Science Day Celebrations?

The primary objective is to bring science to the front. National Science Day (NSD) fosters a scientific mindset and celebrates the country's scientific achievements.

National Science Day Observances

Year Weekday Date Name
2021 Sunday 28 February National Science Day
2022 Monday 28 February National Science Day
2023 Tuesday 28 February National Science Day
2024 Wednesday 28 February National Science Day
2025 Friday 28 February National Science Day
2026 Saturday 28 February National Science Day

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