On the Occasion of upcoming National Science Day 2021!

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.

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Happy National Science Day 2021!

National Science Day-2020 celebration at NCMR, NCCS Pune

-By Kranti Karande

On 24 February 2020, an event was organized at NCMR, NCCS Pune for celebrating National Science Day, which is celebrated every year all over India on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of Raman effect by Sir C.V. Raman on the same day in 1928.

24 February 2020, 9:30 am: A group of approximately 120 students from class 7th and 8th of four different schools (DSK, VIBGYOR, Vidya Valley, and Ryan International School) were sitting in the Raman Hall of National Centre for Microbial Resource. They were waiting for someone. All noise stopped as that person entered into the hall. Instead of giving a formal lecture, Dr. Yogesh Shouche (Head of NCMR) preferred chitchatting with the students. He started with a question, “Which virus is in news these days?” He introduced the students with different types of microbes, importance of microbiology research and beneficial and harmful microbes. He solved all the queries of students. Students were very enthusiastic and happy to interact with Dr. Shouche.

After interactive session with Dr. Shouche, students visited the microbiology exhibition in group of 10 individuals. The Bioluminiscent bacterial display was arranged in a dark room, this was the main attraction for students.

The displays were arranged for Cyanobacteria, Anoxic Photosynthetic bacteria, Fungus, Archaea, and Antimicrobial (AMR) Assay.

This one day event at NCMR ventured students into the world of microbiology and they were awe stuck to learn about all the displays. “We loved this exhibition, it was awesome”, said one of the students. NCMR was delighted to host this event and we are looking forward to organize more such events for popularizing science.