National Science Day is celebrated in India every year on February 28. The day is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of Raman Effect by Sir C.V. Raman on the same day in 1928. Sir C.V. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for this important discovery. The Government of India honored him with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1954. The very first National Science Day was celebrated on February 28, 1987.
The objective for celebration of this day is to inspire students about science, spreading the knowledge related to science, scientific activities and scientific achievements. Many events are organized on this day to popularize Science and Technology. The theme for the National Science Day 2021 is ‘ Future of STI: Impact on Education, skills and work.’
Every year NCMR-NCCS Pune arranges Microbial exhibition for school students to celebrate National Science Day, which is not possible this year due to covid-19 situation. On the Occasion of upcoming National Science Day, we are taking an opportunity to describe National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR), the largest culture collection of the world.
National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR) is a national microbial facility funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and is affiliated with National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) Pune. NCMR started as Microbial Culture Collection (MCC) in 2009 has an authorization to preserve and catalogue diversity of microorganisms collected from different ecological niches from all over India and to make them available for exploitation by researchers. NCMR supplies authentic cultures of archaea, bacteria, fungi and plasmids to both academic institutions and industry.
The aim of the Centre is to serve as a leading world-class Microbial Resource Repository and to provide authentic high-quality services for microbial preservation, characterization and authentication and supply to industry and academic institutions. The Centre is built on “Service for Science, Science for Service” model. It is serving the nation in biodiversity conservation, biotechnological research and education by providing services of the highest international standards and conducting research in the related areas of microbial ecology and systematics, and human resource development. The Centre is serving as an International Depositary Authority (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty and Designated National Repository under Ministry of Environment and Forests.
To know more about scientific activities of NCMR , visit: http://188.8.131.52/home
Happy National Science Day 2021!