Eastern India Science & Engineering Fair 2023 is being organized by Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (BITM) at its premises. The fair has been inaugurated on 10 January and will continue till 13 January. The main theme of this year’s fair is “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development”.
The inaugural event was graced by Prof. Abhijit Chakrabarti, Former Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University & Chairman, Executive Committee, BITM as Chief Guest. The Guest of Honour of the event was Dr. Soumitro Banerjee, Professor, IISER Kolkata.
The Eastern India Science Fair (EISF) and Science & Engineering Fair (SEF) is the biggest show of innovative science models/exhibits by school students of Eastern India. It provides a unique platform for showcasing the creative potential in our youth. This four day long mega event brings students, teachers, parents, scientists, technologists, industrialists and common people together on a single meeting ground for a rewarding intellectual, social and cultural interaction.
The Science Fair is a multi-tier competitive event conducted first in District Level, then in State level and finally, in the Interstate level in Eastern India. Students up to class XII are eligible for participation- either individually or in-groups of two – with their models and exhibits from schools. EISF is organized in collaboration with the SCERT and Education Depts. of all the Eastern Indian States; NCERT, New Delhi and Dept. of Youth Services, Govt. of West Bengal. In the Engineering Fair, college students, selected by their respective colleges, get direct entry.
The 46th Eastern India Science Fair (EISF) along with 20th Science & Engineering Fair (SEF) have got participation from schools of various states of Eastern India. Active participations of school students from the hinterlands of Jhrakhand, Bihar and Odisha can be termed as the key success of this Science Fair. The team of UHS Katamkulhi from Jharkhand came with an innovative mosquito repellent diya made of natural and healthy ingredients. Asish Panda, class IX student of City High School from Berhampore, Odisha, has put up his Automatic Smart Park model in the exhibition. His enthusiasm and sparkle in eyes while explaining the details of his model to the visitors is the most inspiring outcome of this fair. Ms. Priyanshi Pal, a class IX girl of Belapahar English Medium Scholl from Jharsuguda, Odisha participated in the fair with her ‘Space Exploration Using Ion Engines’ model.
Being a constituent unit of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, BITM popularizes science & technology among the students and strives to create a scientific temper in the society and supplement formal science education with discovery-based learning of science in order to nurture creativity in students. With this aim in mind, BITM had started the Eastern India Science Fair (EISF) in 1975. Since then it has been the most popular annual event organized by this museum.