On December 14, 2023, CSIR-NPL held a half-day outreach session for the IISF-2023, which would be held from January 17 to 20, 2024 at the RCB-THSTI Campus in Faridabad, Haryana. The inaugural event began with the lighting of the lamp and Saraswati Vandana at the CSIR-NPL auditorium.
Prof Venugopal Achanta, Director, CSIR-NPL, greeted the visitors and stressed the significance of the IISF and the outreach program in sensitizing the public and encouraging the scientific temperament.
Prof. M. M. Tripathy (DG, NIELIT) addressed the audience and shared his experiences of IISF 2016, which was held previously on the CSIR-NPL campus.
He emphasized that youth should make an active participation in such programs because they are the future leaders and will play a major role in economic development of the country. Dr Tripathi also highlighted the importance of ethics in Artificial Intelligence, digital public infrastructure, cyber security, quantum computing, molecular communication etc. for the society and associated challenges.
The programme further followed up with the detailed presentation by Prof. Puneet Misra, President, Indraprastha Vigyan Bharati on spectra of events planned at IISF 2023. Dr Misra highlighted about 16 events which are planned to be the part of this four-day event like Student Science Village, Young Scientist’s conference, Women Scientist and Entrepreneur Conclave etc.
He conveyed the audience about the role and objective of IISF which involves translation of science in form of tradition, culture and festival so that it can be disseminated to maximum number of people especially youth of our country to nurture and develop scientific temperament in future generation. Another speaker, Dr. Sushil Kumar, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NPL gave an overview of CSIR-NPL, about its mandate, past and present activities being performed at CSIR-NPL in field of Metrology, Research, Skill development and further assisting industries in various areas.
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