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SCI-FFI to be inaugurated today

Science enthusiasts, here is a chance to witness science-based films, workshops, talks, interactions, exhibits at the fourth edition of the Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI). The festival will be inaugurated today at 11 a.m. at the hands of director, Vigyan Prasar (DST), Government of India, Nakul Parashar in the presence of vice chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa and CEO, Kineco-Kaman, Shekhar Sardessai and collector North Goa and director, Science and Technology, Government of Goa, Levinson Martins.  The festival will go on till January 19 at the ESG Complex Panaji.

This year the festival has three theme-based film tracks – ‘Future of the Oceans’, ‘Technology and Innovation’ and Basic Sciences’. Keeping this in mind, the festival will bring to the fore several facets of life in the oceans and adaptations, bio-communication, innovative technologies and the impact of pollution and climate change.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Panaji, director, NIO and chairman of the organising committee, Sunil Kumar Singh said that science is very important in life. In any field of life, be it agriculture, health or infrastructure, the role of science is important. He said: “In the last few years our country has not been doing well in the field of science and if we want our country to prosper in a short span of time we should take a keen interest in science and be innovative,” adding that films are the best medium to spread awareness about it.

President of Vidnyan Parishad Goa, Suhas Godse spoke about SCI-FFI and its inception and said that the four-day festival will enlighten students through hands-on training, workshops, film screenings and interactions with eminent personalities and renowned scientists. “Nine features films and 30 films and documentaries will be screened. There is participation of 60 scientists and researchers across India as resource persons,” he added.

Director general, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, Shekar Mande; professor Sharmistha Banerjee; scientist, Vigyan Prasar, New Delhi, Arvind Ranade and senior scientist, environmental sciences and biomedical metrology division, National Physical Labroratory, Sumit Mishra will discuss films. Professor Banerjee will also conduct a teacher’s workshop on January 18 while Ranade will conduct a telescope workshop on January 18 and January 19 where participants will grind, polish and fabricate their own devices.

As a part of the festival there will an exhibition featuring intriguing and captivating exhibits from India National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO); National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR; Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); Goa State Innovation Council (GIC); Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition (SAC, ISRO); Nuclear Power Station, Kaiga and Indian Scientists’ Gallery. The exhibition will be on view for the general public till January 19.

The valedictory function will be held on January 19 at 3:30 p.m. wherein the chief guest will be Rajagopala Chidambaram (Padma Vibhushan), former principal scientific advisor to Government of India and former chairman, AEC while the guest of honour will be chairman, Dempo Group of Industries, Shrinivas Dempo. On the same day, Chidambaram will deliver a lecture on ‘India’s Nuclear Programme – A model for developing world’.

This festival is organised by the Vidnyan Parishad, Goa in association with Department of Science and Technology, Government of Goa; Vigyan Prasar; National Institute of Oceanography and Entertainment Society of Goa.

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