National Centre for Cell Science’s open day was enjoyed by visitors from various age groups and backgrounds who visited the laboratories and displays at NCCS.
Nitin Karmalkar, vice chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, inaugurated the National Science Day at NCCS and also released ‘Cellular Insights’, a documentary made to commemorate 30 successful years of NCCS.
‘Nandan Kudhyadi, the award-winning film maker who directed ‘Cellular Insights’, spoke about his experiences with making this documentary. ‘Cellular Insights’ was also broadcast by the Rajya Sabha TV, and premiered on India Science, the Internet-based TV of Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology,” said official note from NCCS.
Meanwhile at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune Gautam Desiraju, from Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore delivered the National Science Day lecture on the topic titled “International year of the Periodic Table- 2019”.
Gautam Desiraju informed the audience that 2019 has been announced as the International Year of Periodic Table of Chemical elements.
Quoting Richard Feynman, Desiraju said, “If the human race lost all the knowledge that was accumulated; and was allowed to keep only one fact from which it can re-build up all the facts that were discovered. That fact would be ‘All matter is made up of tiny indivisible things which are known as atom’. Wherever you go in universe either there is nothing or there is matter. The matter can be constituted with these 120 elements of periodic table. At a certain level it’s a strange concept that this entire thing we are seeing around it is made up of 120 elements. These elements have very simple pattern which we call periodic table.”