The Society for Promotion of Science & Technology in India (SPSTI) is a not-for-profit NGO engaged in popularization and promotion of science and developing scientific temper in the society, children and youth in particular. It is a unique organization of its type in northern part of India. The SPSTI was set up by thirty-seven leading scientists, academicians and administrators and registered vide registration number 80/2009, with the District Registrar of Firms & Societies, Panchkula, under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (now under the new Haryana Registration & Regulation of Societies Act, 2012 after repealing of the 1860 Act in Haryana). The SPSTI has also received concession under Sections 12A and 80G (5) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.Three very distinguished scientists are its patrons. Several members of the Governing Council are of international eminence and distinguished professionals.
Since its inception, the SPSTI has taken several initiatives and conducted a large number of programmes and events on diverse themes and subjects.
- To promote science and technology amongst people of all age groups.
- To impart knowledge in various fields of science, technology and related areas.
- To inspire and encourage the younger generation to discover their talents in various fields of science and technology and help them to excel in them.
- To aid, establish or collaborate with any educational institution, society, association, academy, corporate body or any individual for the promotion of science and technology.
- To set up and provide facilities for learning in various fields of science and technology.
- To establish science laboratories, science museums, lecture halls etc. for the promotion of science and technology.
- To organize lectures, seminars, study tours etc. for the promotion of science and technology.
REGULAR ACTIVITIES/ PROGRAMS
SUMMER SCHOOLS IN SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS (प्रेरणा)
During summer vacations, the utilization of physical infrastructure of educational institutions is the lowest. At the same time, there are a few crores of college and university students, who do not indulge in any meaningful activity during summer vacations. There are also a very large number of school going students, who also don’t do anything worthwhile during this period.
Teaching of school children by enthusiastic and bright students of IITs, NITs, IISERs, Central Universities and other institutes of repute is one of the best models for utilization of human and physical resources of country. SPSTI decided to make a modest intervention by holding a summer school of four weeks’ duration in science and mathematics for girl students of poor families at Kurukshetra. The first summer school was held in June 2011. More than 50 girls attended the School. With passage of time, Summer Schools were held at a larger number of locations and from 2016 onwards the residential schools were converted into day schooling.
Till 2019, 55 such summer schools have been organized. During the year 2019, 15 summer schools were organized, thirteen in Haryana, one in Punjab and one in Himachal Pradesh. The Summer Schools were supported by Department of School Education, Government of Haryana, Intel Corporation, ISGEC Heavy Engineering Ltd, Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB).
For more details on Summer Schools, visit at https://spsti.org/summer-school-in-science-mathematics/
MOBILE SCIENCE LABORATORY – CIRCUS OF SCIENCE, VIGYAN KA JANTAR MANTAR
The Mobile Science Laboratory, Circus of Science (Vigyan Ka Jantar-Mantar), is a premier and flagship activity of the SPSTI. It was launched on April 06, 2016 by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana from Karnal. The mobile lab focuses on experiment-based learning and hands on experience, relate science to daily life and how it influences our lives. It helps demystifying Science.
The Project is supported by National Council for Science & Technology Communication, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India to operate in districts Karnal, Kurukshetra, Mewat and Yamunanagar. Till date, the lab has visited to more than 400 schools and interacted with about 75,000 students.
For more details on Mobile Science Laboratory, visit us at https://spsti.org/mobile-science-laboratory/
PUBLIC & POPULAR LECTURES
Public lectures are organized by eminent science personalities on important subjects relating to science and technology for students of schools and colleges and community in general. The Society conducted many such lectures since its inception.
LECTURES ON NOBEL PRIZES
MEMORIAL MEETINGS IN HONOR OF EMINENT SCIENTISTS
Society for Promotion of Science & Technology in India (SPSTI) conducts meetings to pay tributes to the eminent Indian Scientists. During the year 2020-21, the Society in association with Chandigarh Chapter of National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) conducted memorial meetings.
SKY-WATCH EVENTS (सितारों से मुलाक़ात) FOR PUBLIC
To view celestial events, planets, solar and lunar eclipses through high-quality telescopes, sky-watch events are organized as per astronomical calendars at public places during late evenings and clear skies. The Society has conducted many programs on transit of Venus at Kurukshetra, Total Lunar Eclipse at Karnal, Watching Mars, Saturn and Jupiter at Rose Garden, Chandigarh and live telecast of Annular Solar Eclipse from Kurukshetra.
SCIENCE STAGE SHOWS (ज्योतिर्गमय)
Scientists and Professors interact with students of schools & colleges by demonstrating attractive eye-catching science experiments through stage shows. The name “Jyotirgamaya” reflects the different colored flames lit by using different chemicals. Many Science Stage Shows have been conducted so far in Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Visit https://spsti.org/science-stage-shows/
In Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Bio-Sciences for the students of schools, colleges and universities.
EVENING COMMUNITY INTERACTION PROGRAMS
To involve rural people in current topics of public importance involving science and technology, such as water conservation, impact of pesticides, women empowerment, environment, mobile phones, solar eclipse, India’s Mars Missions, health etc.
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS
For students, school and college teachers to boost their technical skills. “How & Why Monthly Lectures” to discuss topics of current issues. Interactive Sessions with students of schools and colleges on emerging and important areas of science and technology. Special emphasis is given to environment related issues (in Karnal, Sirsa, Gurgaon, Yamunanagar, Hisar, Kurukshetra, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Panchkula etc.).
DEBATES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Panel discussions are organized on important subjects relating to science and mathematics at Chandigarh and various other towns in Haryana. The recently conducted panel discussion was on the new National Education Policy 2020.
In science and mathematics outlining options in higher education in science and mathematics.
CELEBRATION OF IMPORTANT DAYS
- National Science Day
- National Mathematics Day
- World Earth Day
- International Day of Biodiversity
- World Environment Day
- World Oceans Day
- World Population Day
OTHER ACTIVITIES/ PROJETCS
- Live Telecast of Annular Solar Eclipse on June 21, 2020 from the line of maximum eclipse.
- International Year of Periodic Table (IYPT-2019): Celebrated in the year 2019-20, the activities involved lectures, poster-making contest, declamation competition for the students of schools and colleges of Chandigarh.
- Workshop conducted on Phyphox (Mobile Application) on using Sensor Technology to measure everyday physical parameters.