LUCKNOW, Oct 4 - At least 10,000 delegates, including scientists, students and experts, besides 200 students from the Northeast, will be participating in the fourth edition of the India International Science Festival 2018 that gets under way here tomorrow.
Addressing a press conference jointly with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here today, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Environment Dr Harsh Vardhan said the theme of this edition of the science festival is �Science for Transformation�. During the four-day event top scientists will hold deliberation on various issues, including cutting edge technology. Students would be encouraged to interact with scientists, he added.
Science for Transformation will have 23 special events. The IISF is expected to be attended by 10,000 delegates, including 5,000 students, 550 teachers, 200 students from Northeast, 20 international delegates and 200 start-ups, he said.
The minister said the northeastern states will have a strong representation in the event. �We are focusing on uplift of the Northeast. We will take the next IISF to Eastern India,� the minister said.
The IISF Lucknow will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind.
IISF is conceivably the biggest platform in India that brings together students, researchers, artists and public to celebrate the nation�s achievable in science and technology.
Dr Vardhan reiterated the government�s commitment to make science and technology an enabler of social and economic progress for all sections of the population. �During the last four year, science in India has undergone a sea-change � from fundamental science to applied science, whereas science plays a leading role in societal transformation,� he said.