National Science Day 2022 – Moving towards a sustainable future

Following an integrated approach in science and technology for a sustainable future

National Science Day
Ramana Prasad, entrepreneur, educationist and chairman of AI school of India addressed National Science Day 2022.

National Science Day is celebrated each year in the memory of Dr CV Raman in India on 28 February. The discovery of ‘The Raman Effect’ by Dr CV Raman in 1928. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics to discover the Raman Effect.

The purpose of celebrating this day is to spread the message about the importance of science and technology in everyday life.

Every year, National Science Day is celebrated with a different theme. The theme of 2022 is ‘Integrated approach in science and technology for a sustainable future.

The theme was launched by Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who specifically mentioned that the purpose behind selecting this theme was to raise public appreciation and awareness about the scientific issues. He also noted that important scientific days like the National Science Day should be one-day events and should be celebrated regularly.

The theme for National Science Day 2022 focuses on the need to work in an integrated manner and coordinate for integrated, theme-based projects. It also involves giving away several prizes and awards for excellent work done in the field of science and technology.

Ramana Prasad, who is a globally renowned entrepreneur, educationist, and the chairman of AI School of India mentioned, “National Science Day, which is held every year in India is important to foster the scientific spirit not only in the adults, but also young children in schools, colleges, and universities in India. Towards achieving this objective, AI School of India conducts science-related workshops, contests, and quizzes for the students throughout the year to motivate the students in the field of science.”

Ramana Prasad also quoted that “Science means power to the people and for the people”. Science enables people to ‘Share, Learn, and Improve’.

The theme empowers various institutions to collaborate, grow, and work for a common cause, The Welfare of Humans and Nature.” Ramana Prasad mentions that data science and artificial intelligence will dominate the future. His message to Indian students is a strong foundation in data science, and artificial intelligence will prepare them to become innovators and global leaders.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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