Vijnana Bharati Current Affairs - 2020

5th India International Science Festival held in Kolkata

The 5th India International Science Festival (IISF) is being held in Kolkata, West Bengal from 5-8 November 2019. The four-day festival was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference.

About 5th India International Science Festival (IISF)

IISF Objective: To instill scientific temper among people, showcase India’s contribution in field of Science and Technology as well as encourage translation of its benefits to people. It also aims to build a strategy for inclusive advancement of Science and Technology.

IISF 2019 theme: RISEN- Research, Innovation and Science Empowering the Nation.

The 5th edition of annual event is jointly organized by Union Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Vijnana Bharati (or VIBHA). More than 12,000 school and college students from across India are expected to attend event.

Four world records would be attempted at IISF includes- the largest astrophysics lesson and assembly of stereotypes by more than 1750 students, assembling Radio kits by more than 400 students, largest electronics lesson and assembly of optical media communication units at a single location with participation of over 950 students and largest human image of a human chromosome formed by more than 400 students.

Vigyanika– International Science Literature Festival and International Science Film Festival (ISFFI) would also be showcased at the festival.


The IISF was first started in 2015 with the vision of promoting science and technology by showing public how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provides us solutions to improve our lives. The first IISF was held at IIT Delhi in December 2015, in which India had set world record with 2000 school students performing two experiments.

Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan: Nationwide science talent search examination

Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM), a nationwide science talent search examination will be held on 26th November 2017. It is unique initiative to give a boost to learning of science, technology and mathematics among youth-especially the school students.

Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan

The exam has been organized by eminent scientists and academicians associated with Vigyan Prasar (VP), an autonomous organisation under Department of Science and Technology and National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), Ministry of Human Resources and Development (HRD).

It will provide platform to India’s generation next to imbibe values of science and technology (S&T) for better future. The examination test will be conducted online and students can attend it through various digital devices like, laptop or desktop, mobile, tablet.

A record number of over 91,000 students from 2078 centres across country will take test on same day. Through VVM programme, India’s next generation will be made aware about India’s Rich Contribution to Science from ancient period to modern times.

Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA)

It is one of largest science movement in country led by eminent scientists. It aims to inculcate and generate scientific temper, foster excellence in students and nurture and mentor them for their careers in pure sciences.