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11 Sep 2019

Inauguration of Nobel Prize Series India 2019 at NABI

The Nobel Prize Series is a multi-disciplinary forum featuring an exhibition, seminar, lectures, roundtables and other interactive dialogue. This year the series was conducted at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute and Punjab Agricultural University in Punjab in addition to Delhi from 11 to 12 September 2019. The event was jointly inaugurated by the Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT; Sh. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare Punjab, Dr. Mohd. Aslam, Advisor, DBT, Sh. Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate, Sh. Serge Haroche, Nobel Laureate and Dr. T.R. Sharma, Executive Director, NABI on 11th  September 2019 at NABI, Mohali.

The theme for this year’s programme is “Teaching and Learning”. The event was attended by the Secretaries of Union Science Ministry, Vice Chancellors of the Central and State Universities and Directors of the IITs, IISERs and other National Institutes of India along with Secretaries from Punjab Govt. More than 1500 students and teachers from all across Punjab and neighbouring states took part in this mega event.

Speaking on the occasion Erika Lanner, Director of Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Sweden said “Humanity today face many challenges, be it with regard to global warming, food shortages, illness or conflicts. The history of the Nobel Prize tells us that there is a way forward – science, literature and peace efforts are capable of improving and changing the world. I hope many school children and teachers in the area will be able to visit the exhibition. We want to convey a message of inspiration to the younger generation through our exhibition and show that it is possible to create a better world,”

Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi in her address said “The world premiere of Nobel Prize Museum's new exhibition in Punjab as part of Nobel Prize Series India 2019, gives our teachers and students a unique opportunity to learn about world-changing inventions and the journey associated with them. DBT’s Partnership with Nobel Media has been very successful in inspiring thousands of students and teachers and this year the new exhibition has catalyzed a global dialogue of shared learning and experience. The young minds we inspire will be motivated to find novel and innovative ways of addressing global challenges,”

The Nobel Prize Series India 2019 brought Serge Haroche, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 and Kailash Satyarthi, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. They were accompanied by Ms. Juleen Zierath, professor of clinical integrative physiology and a member of the Nobel Committee at Karolinska lnstitutet in Sweden.

Nobel Laureates gave lectures and took part in roundtable discussions with experts, teachers and students. The Nobel Prize Series inspired people to seek knowledge, ask questions and contribute to improving the world. By sharing achievements and stories of Nobel Laureates with a global audience, the programme inspired engagement in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision.

Nobel Prize Museum

The Nobel Prize Museum highlights how Nobel Laureates have made the world a better place – showcasing discoveries and achievements that have saved lives, fed humanity, connected people and protected the planet. The exhibition is open to the public from 12 September 2019 – 11 October 2019, every day from 9.00 – 17.00.

Based on the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of fields – natural sciences, literature and peace. The museum examines the great issues of our time and show how we can respond to them with science, humanism and cooperation. Through exhibitions, school programmes, lectures, videos, in-depth guided tours and donated artefacts, the Museum would like to generate public engagement for a better world.


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