Science Day 2018

Science Day 2018
February 26, 2018 Mechanical Engineering Department

Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future

National Science Day 2018 is upon us.

But what is Science Day, and why does it mean so much?

National Science Day is celebrated all across India with great enthusiasm on 28th of February every year to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’ by the Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, popularly known as CV Raman. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in the year 1930 for his excellence and perseverance in the field of Science.

 

The 28th of February, 1928 witnessed the discovery of this noteworthy phenomenon. For this reason, the Indian Government was asked to designate 28th of February as National Science Day by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) in the year 1986 to honour this great personality.

Sir CV Raman worked from 1907 to 1933 at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, during which he conducted research on many aspects of physics among which the ‘Raman Effect’ became his mind-blowing success and discovery which has been marked in Indian history. His inventions and efforts were appreciated by honouring him with various awards including the Nobel Prize in the year 1930. In the year 2013, the ‘Raman Effect’ was designated as an International Historic Chemical Landmark by The American Chemical Society.

The ‘Raman Effect’

You’ve heard the term ‘Raman effect’ quite a few times by now. What is exactly the gist of the so called ‘Raman effect’?

It is the change in the wavelength of light that occurs when a light beam is deflected by molecules. When a beam of light traverses a dust-free, transparent sample of a chemical compound, most of this scattered light is of unchanged wavelength. A small part, however, has wavelengths different from that of the incident light; its presence is the result of the Raman effect.

Science Day celebrations

The National Science Day is celebrated all across India with trumpets of joy. It is celebrated by students, teachers, scientists and researchers in all schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions.

As engineers, it is only appropriate we celebrate Science Day with pomp and splendor. And what better way to do that than learn from an eminent personality?

Dr. Sivathanu Pillai, Father of BrahMos missile and CEO of BrahMos Aerospace will preside over Science Day 2018 celebrations in FISAT. To know more, read this article.

 

Each National Science Day is accompanied by a specific theme which is applicable globally .The theme for 2018 is “Science and Technology for a sustainable future”.

Let us all be an active participant in this unique solution of ideas, or atleast become a precipitate!

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