President Kovind to inaugurate 'India International Science Festival' on 6 October

IISF-2018 is expected to be represented by over 10,000 delegates and 200 startups.

President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the fourth "India International Science Festival (IISF)" on October 6, it was announced on Monday.

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the nation on the eve of Republic Day in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo / RB(PTI1_25_2018_000203B)

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the nation on the eve of Republic Day in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo / RB(PTI1_25_2018_000203B)

Speaking at the curtain raiser of the event, Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan dedicated the festival to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for bringing "science to the centre stage of national agenda".

"All stakeholders will assemble to collectively work towards 'Vigyan se Vikas' — contributing to the Making of a New India as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is taking forward the legacy of late Atal Ji," Harsh Vardhan said, according to a statement.

"IISF-2018 is expected to be represented by approximately 10,000 delegates including 5,000 students, 550 teachers, 200 students from North East Region, 20 international delegates and approximately 200 startups," the statement said.

Vajpayee is known to hail science through his slogan "Jai Vigyan" that added to an already popular "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" slogan given by another former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Update: Here are some highlights capturing what went down at the IISF event on 5 October:




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