ASTEC National Children's Science Congress
State Level Children's Science Congress, Assam
A programme of NCSTC, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
CSC Assam
State organiser:
Assam Science Technology and Environment Council

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development

theme logoDevelopment stands for the situation where everyone gets food, shelter, clothing along with sound state of health and mind, gets opportunities for livelihood, has adequate energy to use, has good education, transportation and communication in a better environmental situation where cleaner air, water and soil exists.

As defined by G. Harlem Brundtland,  in the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, in March, 20, 1987 at Oslo, Sustainable Development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations from meeting their own needs. So, to cater to the needs of the present as well as future generation equally, concept of sustainable development emphasizes on rational and wiser use of natural resources, redesigning economic operations like production, transport and communication systems through optimum use of available resources and reducing wastage along with a prime focus on economic sustenance. Thus, the principles of sustainable development insist upon environmental, economic and social balances and their inter-linkages.

The UNESCO initiated approach of Education for Sustainable Development, stresses on engagement of student community in real world context with more focuses in the areas of Biodiversity, Natural Resources, Energy, Livelihood, Lifestyles, Traditional Knowledge, etc. to integrate ecological, economic and social concerns. Thus, exploration and inquiry using Science and Technological approach can help us to understand the dynamics of our planet as well as different components of its environment as a whole, that help one to look for the best means of optimum use without disturbing associated ecosystems. Besides, in every aspect of the exploration and inquiry, innovative thinking and approaches help one to find out solutions to address different problems on harnessing hidden opportunities. In this perspective “Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development” has been decided as the focal theme for 24th and 25th National Children’s Science Congress, with an expectation that  the Child Scientist will be introduced to inquiry based learning approaches in project mode exploring something from ‘known to unknown’ or ‘from unknown to known’. This will thereby help them to come up with different new knowledge associated with the sub-themes.


Supported and Catalysed by
National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC)
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110 016
This programme is also supported by
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Assam