The Science India Forum GCC chapters recently celebrated the National Science Day, India, to commemorate the discovery of the 'Raman Effect' by the great Indian physicist Sir C V Raman on February 28, 1928.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for the same.
The theme for National Science Day 2021 was 'Future of Science Technology & Innovation (STI): Impact on Education, Skills and Work'.
Eminent scientist Dr S Chandrasekhar, director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT- Hyderabad), graced the occasion as chief guest and delivered the keynote speech on “Science without Boundaries for Sustainability”.
In his welcome address, SIF Qatar president Dipak shared some of the pioneering work done by Sir C V Raman, the first Asian and first non-white to receive a Noble Prize in science.
Raman had an unbounded attraction towards colour, sound, nature and interested in scientific exploration of the world. He explored the immense knowledge of Indians in ancient musical traditions and presented physics behind sound produced by musical instruments. He was the first to investigate the harmonic nature of sound of Indian drum like Tabla, Mridangam, as well as string instrument like Veena and Sitar.
SIF, UAE president Dr. Satish Krishnan, presented an overview of mission and vision of SIF.
SIF Kuwait vice president Mahesh introduced the chief guest. Dr. Chandrasekhar is Fellow of premier scientific organisations- National Academy of Science, Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Science Academy. His significant contributions in organic chemistry is commendable with more than 285 publications and with more than 7,000 citations. Eighty students have been awarded PhD under his guidance. He has received several honours. Amongst them are the Eminent Scientist Award, National prize for chemical research 2012 and CSIR award 2014 etc.
Dr Chandrasekhar, paid tributes to the Noble laureate and Bharat Ratna, Sir C V Raman.
In his inspiring speech, he focused on significant contribution by Raman in those days with very meager facilities. In his key note speech on “Science without boundaries for Sustainability”, he said despite people being separated by different countries, different continents, everyone was still well connected and united through science. He cited an example that in this pandemic, a drug developed in one country is accessible in another country.
"Science is one and through science, we are all united," he stressed.
He advised participating students that science must always innovate to make living affordable and sustainable for all. Scientists must be selfless, as they are not just poster boys, but are eternal and will be remembered forever for their contributions, Chandrasekharsaid.
He also shared some of the contributions and discoveries made by other renowned scientists that has changed the world.
The session was well received by over 430 participants which include academicians, professionals, teachers, students and culminated in an interactive Q&A session which triggered young minds to develop curiosity and love for scientific research.