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Fight against coronavirus, an example Atmanirbhar India: Harsh Vardhan

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Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Family Health and Welfare Harsh Vardhan said on Monday: “The fight against the coronavirus pandemic is an example of India’s self-reliance. He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership during the pandemic. “India is in the top 10 positions in most indicators due to the vision of Prime Minister Modi,” he said.

Vardhan made the remarks during the curtain-opening press conference of the 6th India International Science Festival-2020 (IISF 2020). IISF 2020 will be staged virtually from December 22, which coincides with the birthday of world-renowned Indian mathematician Srinivas Ramanujam, and will culminate on December 25, the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It will be the largest science festival to be held on the virtual platform. The central theme of this year’s festival is “Science for Self-Sufficient India and Global Well-being.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at IISF 2020 on Tuesday night via video conference. Harsh Vardhan will also be present on the occasion.

Shekhar C Mande, secretary of DSIR and director general of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has said that the aim of IISF is to induce the person on the different facets of science and technology. Launched in 2015, IISF is a celebration to promote science and technology and the aim of this year’s festival is to help young people develop 21st century skills, with a focus on scientific knowledge, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. A long-term goal is to encourage students to study and work in scientific fields, the government said.

The IISF 2020 nodal institution is CSIR-NISTADS. The festival is jointly organized by the department of science and technology (DST), CSIR, the ministry of earth sciences, the ministry of health and family welfare and the department of biotechnology (DBT) and VijnanaBharati (VIBHA), as well as with the support of a large number of other organizations.

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