National Science Day is celebrated every year on February 28 since 1987. The day celebrates Sir C. V. Raman’s exceptional achievements in science. His most notable contribution was the discovery of the Raman Effect, which won him the Nobel Prize in 1930. Honoring a scientist like him instills hope in future generation to pursue their dreams and make a mark in the world of science and technology.
The theme of National Science Day 2022 is ‘Integrated Approach in Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future’.
Relevance of National Science Day today
In wake of the government’s New Education Policy 2020, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) has taken centrestage. STEM education aims to nurture a new generation of youth who have an analytical yet creative bent of mind. These youth are also more equipped to deal with a world where science and technology are everywhere.
This National Science Day, we can take note of a few salient points related to STEM learning. Each of these is crucial for the development of science and technology in India.
Getting an early start on STEM education can contribute immensely to resource-building for the future. Being in touch with STEM concepts can help youth chart a career path for themselves which they might otherwise not have thought of.
Curiosity building is a big part of STEM education. If a child is not curious about, say, how a machine works, how they can make something better, how things unfurl in the physical world, they will never seek the answers. It is the human spirit of seeking answers to difficult questions that has resulted in the scientific advancement we have witnessed so far.
Range of formal education options
Pursuing a career in science does not necessarily mean that one has to enrol in a four-year BTech programme. There are a wide range of options available for those who want to follow this career path. There are various diploma and certificate courses that equip you with the necessary technical skills. Examples of this include ITI (which stands for Industrial Training Institute) and polytechnic institutes. Even a course with Smile Foundation’s STeP initiative could lead to a sustainable career in medical sciences.
Job options in future
Studying a course that is related to STEM can open a whole world of options for any potential candidate. Gaining specialization in afield can prove to be beneficial for a wide range of job options. For instance, someone whose expertise lies in chemicals can opt for a well-paying job selling or marketing chemicals. They can even pursue a career in research or teaching. Similarly, a qualified nurse can not only act as a nurse but also train others and prepare learning materials and practical sessions for them.
With the current wave of start-ups in India, an entrepreneurial dream could also become a reality for many. However, one needs the right set of skills to succeed in a business.
Teacher capacity training
All of the above will be possible only by training teachers properly. The current capacity of teachers in the STEM field should be boosted with proper training programmes for them. An able teacher today can nurture an able workforce for the future.