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India International Science Festival concluded in Lucknow
India International Science Festival was held in Lucknow from 5 to 8 October 2018. The Festival witnessed huge participation of scientists, students and experts from across the country and abroad. IISF-2018 with the theme “Science for Transformation” had 23 special events in its 4th edition. Major attraction was two World record attempts, one of which is a World Record attempt to “isolate DNA” by 500 students from class 8th to 10th standard.
IISF is conceivably the biggest platform in India that brings together students, researchers, artists and general public to celebrate our nation’s achievements in science and technology. It is a medium to encourage the young minds towards the field of science and to promote the networking of stakeholders working towards the propagation of science. Through this festival, the largest of its kind in the country and in this region, it is expected that the message of excitement of Science and scientific temper will be spread to the students and will be inspiring for the youth. All stakeholders have assembled to collectively work towards “Vigyan se Vikas”- contributing to the Making of a New India.
The 4th India International Science Festival was inaugurated by President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. In his address he said that in the first quarter of the 21st century, in the age of robotics and precision manufacture, of bioinformatics and gene editing, of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Artificial Intelligence, it is time for a quantum jump. He said that in 2017, patent applications by Indian start-ups rose to 909. This was a 15-fold increase from the number in 2016 – just 61. In 2018, India’s R&D investments will amount to an appreciable US$ 83.27 billion. The government has announced the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme. It will promote development through innovation and has a budget of Rs 1,650 crore for seven years beginning 2018-19.