A national science painting competition was organised by Khula Aasmaan (खुला आसमान) and IISER Pune, to bring art and science together. This unique art competition was designed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The year 2019 has been proclaimed as the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019)".
The online painting contest opened on 5th October 2019 and closed on 3rd November 2019. The contest themes were so designed to ensure the intersection of art and science. The painting contest in its physical format was conducted on 16th November at IISER Pune campus.