Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Exhibition for Children
With a view to encouraging, popularizing and inculcating scientific temper among the children of the country, NCERT organizes national level science exhibitions where children showcase their talents in science and technology.
The first Science Exhibition was jointly organized under the banner of the National Science Exhibition for Children in 1971, by the NCERT and the University Grants Commission (UGC) at Delhi. The subsequent National Science Exhibitions for Children have been organized by NCERT alone.
From 1972 to 1978, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund collaborated with the NCERT in its efforts to popularise Science Exhibitions by jointly sponsoring the National and State Level Science Exhibitions.
To coincide with the birth centenary celebrations of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1988, the National Science Exhibition was redesignated as Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Exhibition for Children.
In order to ensure the widest possible participation and involvement of students and teachers in the programme, NCERT decided to organise the exhibition in two phases. In the first phase, exhibitions are held in each and every state and union territory from the district, to the state level. In the second phase, the best exhibits selected from the entries of the State Level Science Exhibition are put on display at the National Level Exhibition.
Right from its inception, each science exhibition has focussed on a specific theme and sub-themes, which is provided to each of the participating States, Union Territories and educational bodies like Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) etc. An account of themes of different exhibitions since 1980 can be seen in the attached Annexure. In the States and Union Territories, Department of School Education/State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs), State Institute of Education (SIEs)/State Institute of Science Education (SISEs) coordinate the activity of organising the feeder level exhibitions culminating in the State Level Science Exhibition. This mode of oranisation ensures a wide participation from the length and breadth of the country including remote and rural areas. In order to encourage the efforts of NCERT in the popularisation of science, a catalytic grant is also provided to each and every State and Union Territories.
During the exhibition, the participating students and teachers not only display their scientific talents through their models and exhibits, but also get an opportunity to listen to some of the eminent scientists and scholars of the region in which the exhibition is organised. Additionally, they would be able to interact with one another and share their views and, in the process, also share the diverse cultures of our country.
Objectives of the Exhibition
Exposing and encouraging scientific talent among children.
Making children realize the relevance of Science and Technology to society, as well as their responsibilities as scientists and technologists of tomorrow.
Developing creative thinking, a habit of exploration and promoting life skills among children through self devised models of simple apparatus.
Stimulating interest in science and inculcating scientific temper in the younger generation.
Encouraging the problem-solving approach and the development of appropriate technology, especially for rural areas and integrating scientific ideas/principles related to daily life situations.
Inculcating an aesthetic sense and team spirit among the participants.
Popularizing science among the masses and creating an awareness of the role of science in the socio-economic growth of the country.
Developing appropriate techniques for communication of science.