Vishwakarma University’s Department of Science & Technology successfully organized the National Science Day celebration on 28 February 2020 at its Kondhwa Pune Campus.
Observed this day every year since 1987, in the fond memory of Sir C.V. Raman's discovery of the Raman Effect, this was the 33 year of its celebration on the theme of ' Women in Science'. Stalwarts from the field of scientific research Prof. Kanak Saha, IUCAA Pune graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Dr. Sarika Maitra Bhattacharya, NCL, was the Guest of Honour.
Highlighting the day's theme Dr. Sarika illustrated how renowned women scientists such as Marie Curie and Rosalin Franklin from the west and Anandi Gopal and Asima Chatterjee, to name a few, managed to break the proverbial glass ceiling at the beginning of the 20th century in-spite of a stiff opposition from their male peers. " Women should look for role models, mentor their juniors and help each other in all professions," she said, adding, " the conceptual Pipe Leakage phenomenon results into women losing out on account of family responsibilities at the crucial stage of their career and this should be deftly handled."
Addressing the enthusiastic gathering, Prof. Saha, took the audience on an insightful journey of the nation's progress in the field of astronomy and astrophysics while updating on the present status of advancement in country's telescope technology.
The guests appreciated the event organised under expert supervision of Dr. Nitin Satpute, Dean, Faculty of Science & Technology that comprised of various competitions and exhibitions such as Working Model Exhibition, Robotics Competition, Blind Programming in C, T-shirt Painting, Poster Presentation, Short Film and Unity Project. It was observed that all these projects from the domains of physical, life, technological and pharmaceutical sciences offered solutions for day-to-day issues.
The organisers received an enthusiastic response from student participants across different disciplines within and outside the Vishwakarma University.
Praising the meticulously planned event, Prof.( Dr.) Siddharth Jabade, Hon. Vice Chancellor, VU, urged all present to look at science as a way of life that goes beyond logic and stressed the importance of co-creation, collaboration and knowledge sharing in every endeavour. In his address, Prof.(Dr.) Wasudeo Gade, VicePresident VU, said the spirit of science is all-encompassing and inclusive that is always nurtured at VU. Dr. Jagadish Tawade made the opening address while Dr. Sandeep Shukla expressed the vote of thanks.