Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development: Challenges & Prospects

The National Science Seminar (NSS) for school students is the most impactful and popular nationwide annual event organized by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, ever since 1982. The seminar involves the nation’s school-going youth in critically examining current S & T issues of importance for the society and sharing their own views on these issues with the student and scientific communities of the country.


In a run-up to the NSS-2022, the West Bengal State Science Seminar will be organized by Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (BITM), in association with the Dept. of Youth Services & Sports, Govt. of West Bengal and Royal Society of Chemistry, Eastern India Section, on 21st  September 2022 (Wednesday), 11:00 am onwards. Topic of this year’s Science Seminar is:


Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development: Challenges & Prospects

सतत विकास के लिए बुनियादी विज्ञान : चुनौतियां और संभावनाएं

সুস্থায়ী উন্নয়নের জন্য মৌলিক বিজ্ঞান: চ্যালেঞ্জ এবং সম্ভাবনা


For the inaugural session, Prof. Sibaji Raha, Former Director, Bose Institute, Kolkata has consented to be the Chief Guest. Sri Uttam Kumar Patra, Senior Special Secretary & Ex-Officio Director, Youth Services & Sports, Govt. of West Bengal and Prof. Asish De, Secretary, Royal Society of Chemistry, Eastern India Section will be the Guests of Honour.


Following the inaugural session, participating students, winners of the District Level Science Seminar from Kolkata, Burdwan, Darjeeling, Purulia and East Midnapore districts, from classes VIII – X, will deliver a presentation of 6-minutes duration, with supporting charts and visuals, followed by 2-minutes question-answer session with the judges on this topic. They will be judged on the Scientific Content in Presentation, Fluency in Speech, Performance in Viva and Written Test along with Novelty in use of Visuals. Dr. Bhupati Chakrabarti, Former Head of Department, Physics, City College, University of Calcutta; Dr Madhumita Dobe, Former Dean, Director-Professor, HoD, Health Promotion & Education, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata and Dr. Nitin Chattopadhyay, FASc, FNASc, Professor, Department of Chemistry & Former Dean, Faculty of Science, Jadavpur University have consented to judge the participants. The winning student would represent West Bengal in the National Science Seminar 2022, due to be held on November 3, 2022 in Science City, Kolkata.


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