THE DAY OF RUSSIAN SCIENCE CELEBRATED IN NEW DELHI

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The Russian Centre for Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi acted as the initiator and organizer of a comprehensive event, dedicated to the celebration of the Day of Russian Science. As part of this action, a scientific and educational quiz "eNaukaPratispradha" was held for Indian high school and university students, as well as a webinar.

The quiz was developed by the chief specialist of the RCSC A.A. Shaposhnikov and former professor of the Hindu College of the Delhi University, Dr. Chand Seth, based on the questions of the Open Laboratory project and conducted on the portal www.eprayoglekha.com/enauka. In order to check the scientific nature of their picture of the world through the prism of physical, chemical and biological knowledge, 189 high school students and students from 12 educational institutions of the capital region and the city of Haldwani (Uttarakhand state) took part in the event.  They represented D.A.V. Public Schools, Manav Rachna International, Jiva Public School, Springdales Schools, Hindu College, Deshbandhu College, JC Bose Institute of Science and Technology.

The target audience of the webinar, organized jointly with the Vladimir Khavkin Research Institute (Mumbai) and the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India (Vigyan Prasar), were Indian scientists, researchers, teachers and students.

Mr A.A. Shaposhnikov talked in detail about the history of the creation, activities, reorganization of the largest centre for fundamental research in Russia - the Russian Academy of Sciences. Special attention of Mr A.A. Shaposhnikov devoted to the scientific achievements of Great Russian scientists - Nobel Prize winners.

The guest of honour of the programme Alexander Duel, a descendant of the elder brother of the outstanding Russian epidemiologist Dr Vladimir Khavkin, told the guests about the life of the great scientist. “It took me 7 years to make this discovery. I have collected the history of my family practically bit by bit: I have visited dozens of cities, researched archives and deciphered thousands of pages of handwritten documents. I want the whole world to know about Dr Khavkin,” A. Duel noted. At the end of his lecture, he cited a quote from the Great Russian writer A.P. Chekhov: “The plague is not very scary, we already have vaccine that have proved to be valid and which, by the way, we owe to the Russian doctor Khavkin. In Russia he is the most unknown person, in England he has long been called a great philanthropist."

The main guest of the programme, professor of mathematics, former director of Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University, Dr. Rita Malhotra spoke in detail about the results of modern developments in the field of science and technology. Highlighting the topic of creating a vaccine against a new coronavirus infection, R. Malkhotra noted the results of tests of the Russian vaccine Sputnik-V, which prove its safety and effectiveness. From the report of R. Malhotra, the programme participants also learned about the effectiveness of the use of modern nanotechnology for the treatment of cancer, as well as on-going research in the field of space exploration.

Scientists of the V. Khavkin Research Institute Dr Sandipan Mukherjee and Dr Usha Padmanabhan made presentations on the history and scientific activities of the first biomedical institute in India.

Nimish Kapoor, representative of the Indian organization Vigyan Prasar under the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India, spoke about the history of the strategic partnership between Russia and India in the field of science and technology. Addressing the participants of the webinar, N. Kapur noted that scientific discoveries are possible only with a competent approach to the choice of scientific and technical literature.

The event has ended with an open discussion among all the participants

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