8th India International Science Festival

8th India International Science Festival

These days the 8th India International Science Festival  (IISF) is being held in Bhopal from 21st to 24th January 2023. Organised at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, this four-day science festival is all set to attract 8000 scientists, teachers, researchers and students.

The festival is being organised by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space and MP government in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), 

Vijnana Bharati is a national movement for the propagation and popularization of Science & Technology among students and masses. VIBHA promotes scientific contributions made by India in ancient times as well as present times.  

The Union Minister Jitendra Singh inaugurated the festival. According to the Government of India, the festival is a step in moving towards “AMRIT KAAL”.

The theme of IISF, 2023

Marching towards Amrit Kaal with Science, Technology and Innovation

Aims of the festivals

  • Promotion of science and technology among the general public and celebrating science as a festival is said to be the aim of the four-day event.
  • The theme of the mission is aligned with building a self-reliant India 
  • The theme Is also aligned with the G20 vision
  • The vision of G20 is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam or “One Earth• One Family • One Future. 

India assumed the G20 presidency on December 1, 2022.

Events at IISF
This year IISF features 14 thematic events including Students Science Village, Science through Games & Toys, Students Innovation Festival and Young Scientist Conclave.

More than 2,500 school students from across India attending the festival. Biotech and Agri-tech start-ups are also participating in the festival. Smart and knowledge toys made by local artisans are on display at IISF.

The term Amrit Kaal coming from Vedic astrology, was first used by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi in 2021 during the 75th Independence Day celebrations, when he unveiled a new roadmap for the country for the next 25 years.

Amrit Kaal is considered the best and most auspicious time to start new work.

The purpose of Amrit Kaal was to improve the lives of the citizens of India, lessen the divide in development between villages and cities, reduce the government's interference in people's lives, and welcome the latest technology.