On February 28, National Science Day (NSD) was celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan with Women in Science as the focal theme of the programme. 

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A total of 21 awards were given on NSD for thorough Application of Technology for Societal Benefits which includes:-

  1. National Science and Technology and Communication Awards,
  2. Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR) awards, 
  3. SERB Women Excellence Awards and  
  4. National Award for Young Woman Showing Excellence. 


National Science Day

  • It is celebrated every year on 28 February. 
  • It is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, which led to Sir C.V. Raman won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
  • National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology (DST) acts as a nodal agency to support, catalyze and coordinate celebration of the National Science Day throughout the country.
  • NCSTC has supported various programmes countrywide by supporting its State S&T Councils & Departments for organization of lectures, quizzes, open houses, etc.

What is Raman Effect

  • The Raman Effect is a phenomenon in spectroscopy discovered by the physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman in 1928.  
  • This was the first Nobel Prize by an Indian in the field of Science. 
  • The Raman Effect is a change in the wavelength of light that occurs when a light beam is deflected by molecules.
    • 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 a result of the Raman Effect.