8th Science Communicators’ meet held at 102nd Indian Science Congress

The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Shri Prakash Javadekar visiting the Vigyan Bharti exhibition at the “102nd Indian Science Congress”, in Mumbai on January 04, 2015.

8th Science Communicators’ meet held at 102nd Indian Science Congress 

The 8th Science Communicators’ Meet in its 7th year since inception in the Indian Science Congress held in D.N. Marshall Hall, J.N Library, University of Mumbai was inaugurated today in the august presence of eminent personalities. The event was graced by the Hon’ble Padma Bhushan Dr. R.A Mashelkar as the Chief Guest, Dr. S.B. Nimse, Vice Chancellor, Lucknow University, General President- ISCA; Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai; Dr. B.P. Singh, Head of National Council for Science & Technology Communication ,DST; Dr. Naresh Chandra, Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai and Local Secretary, ISCA; Dr. Arun Kumar, General Secretary, ISCA; Dr. Anuradha Ghosh Majumdar, Convener of the event. The ceremonial lamp was lit by the dignitaries present. Dr. Naresh Chandra welcomed the gathering and addressed the young students present. Dr. Arun Kumar started his speech by praising the Chief Guest and thanked Mumbai University for organizing the Congress in a grand manner and stated that the theme for the year was very much relevant in today’s age. 

Dr. R. A. Mashelkar released the Abstract Book of 8th Science Communicators’ Meet as a compilation of the works of scientists and science communicators participating in the conference. 

Dr. Anuradha Majumdar, Convener of the event, then broadly outlined the need and objectives of the meet and reiterated that such deliberations were crucial to propagate science to percolate to the grassroots. She added, “It is imperative to dissipate scientific knowledge in layman’s language and should transcend the entire horizon as well as keep pace with the changing paradigm. We have traversed the full circle to fathom the wonders of nature and understand the aberration. The onus is upon the scientific community to infuse the spirit of effective communication. The 8th Science Communicators’ Meet at the ISC 2015, Mumbai is a confluence of invited lectures on Science & Technology and its communication along with oral/poster presentations by scientists and science communicators. Thus, the objective of this meet is to deliberate & ideate on making science communication more lucid, greater coverage in native languages, providing correct perspective and lacking sensationalism. The ultimate aim is to expand the accessibility and outreach of various forms of Science Communication which is the key to greater Human Development and Sustenance.

Dr. B.P. Singh in his remarks backed the need for such a meet and hoped that the sheer presence of personalities like Dr. Kalam and Dr. Mashelkar would encourage communication as a tool to enrich the community and touch lives to a deeper level. 

The main attraction of the meet, Padma Bhushan Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar addressed the gathering by praising the efforts involved in bringing together an array of Nobel laureates and equivalent and lauded the ongoing meet. Innovation as an aspect of Science should assume the central position for research in India. Dr. Mashelkar also pointed out the all encompassing speech of Shri Narendra Modiji, which focused upon utilizing the available resources to advance the sciences. He stated,” Social innovation is a must and the power of communication is tremendous but untapped for Science & Technology. The need to couple together government policies and research assumes significance in this aspect.” Dr. Mashelkar also stressed upon the need to eradicate the misconceptions about nuclear energy and thus hoped that Science Communicators’ Meet would achieve this objective. Dr. Mashelkar also hoped that the young innovators would turn towards and stay in the field of science and have scientists as role models. While concluding, Dr. Mashelkar aptly quoted, “I only think of the future, as that is where I am going to stay”. 

Dr. Rajan Welukar, in his speech thanked Dr. Mashelkar for gracing the event and urged the gathering to go beyond their disciplines and promote effective communication. He also promised that the entire event and the symposia will be uploaded on YouTube. 

Dr. Amit Krishna De, on behalf of Indian Science Congress and University of Mumbai, proposed the Vote of Thanks and expressed his gratitude to Dr. Mashelkar for his encouraging talk. In conclusion he hoped the meet would garner a huge turnout and be a grand success. 


Draw upon the knowledge of Ancient Indian science for Modern Applications – Prakash Javadekar 

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar has said that we should draw upon the knowledge of ancient Indian Science concepts and explore possibilities of their application in the modern world. 

Speaking at a symposium on “Ancient Indian Sciences through Sanskrit,” organized as part of the ongoing 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, Javdekar said “knowledge is supreme, those who want to pursue the path of knowledge don’t see what is the source, or how old it is, everything that is old may not be gold, but all that is old is also not a waste”. 

The Minister said the scientists of ancient India, who lacked sophisticated tools or machines, developed accurate scientific concepts based on minute observations and logic. “Germans were the first to recognize Sanskrit as the language of science and scientific expression and this is one thing that modern Germany acknowledges about India” he added. 

Mr. Javadekar said the scientific community gathered at the Congress should pay attention to the source material available in Sanskrit and use it for betterment of humanity. The Minister wondered when Germany could make use of ancient Indian concepts and adapt them to produce cutting edge inventions, what prevents India from doing so. 

Speaking about India lacking in innovation and research, Mr. Javadekar said “our education system from primary level itself does not promote questioning the fundamentals. This system of rote learning hinders reasoning and inquisitiveness,” He said there is an urgent need to promote meritocracy, especially in the field of science education to prepare quality scientists, who in turn can contribute to nation’s development and welfare. An ability of a scientist should be measured by his/her ability to innovate rather than the length of his/her service. 

Prof. S M Nimse, President, Indian Science Congress , Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice Chancellor, Mumbai University, Dr. Uma Vaidya , Vice Chancellor, Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Ramtek were among those present. 


 DrA.P.J.Abdul Kalaam Inagurates Children Science Congress Exhorts Young Buds to Opt for A Career in Science 

I wish young buds of today think of opting for a carrier in Science in the coming future with a vision to be innovative in their thought and acting for the eradication of diseases to serve the human being. With theses words of former President and Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalaam the Children Science Congress got inaugurated here in the Mumbai University Complex today. Dr. Kalaam said I see the young fellows in future as new scientists engaged in different disciplines of Science. He also asked the children present there to repeat following lines with him: 

"I am born with potential, goodness and trust, Ideas in dream, greatness and confidence and wings of vision, therefore ready to fly and take off".

Dr. Kalaam reiterated that technology is the backbone of future building. He cited different examples of use of new technologies in medical areana. Referring to the Successful Mrs Mission in the bye gone year the former president also gave a vision for the coming 20-30 years . He said inventions and discoveries have been generated from creative minds with imagination. And all this should be used for ensuring quality life for all citizens across the globe with access to Green fuel, lessened bad effects of climatic changes and enhanced use of solar power on a very large scale. He said children of today will have to play a great role in solving the problems of humanity at large and to generate awareness in this regard events like National Children Science Congress are an apt forum for visualising such dreams to achieve excellence in their actions embedded with clear vision.

Dr. Kalaam also felicitated 09 Children from across the country with the INFOSYS awards.for their innovations on this occasion. 

. Earlier Dr. Kalaam also inaugurated an exhibition of the instruments made by children at the MMRDA Sports Complex. . 


Big Boost to provide Braille Books to the Blind 

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri. Thawar Chand Gehlot announced several new schemes for the empowerment of persons with visual impairment and other categories of the disabled here today. The Minister was speaking at the 206th Birth Anniversary celebrations organized by All India Confederation of the Blind. 

One of the important schemes announced on the occasion provided for liberal financial assistance towards the establishment, modernization and capacity augmentation of Braille presses. Under this Scheme, non recurring assistance of upto two crores would be available for NGOs and Government organizations to provide access to blind children and adults to much-needed books in Braille. This is a new initiative under the Government’s Schemes of empowerment for the disabled. The Minister announced a grant of Rupees One Crore and Sixty Nine Lakh to All India Confederation of the Blind for capacity augmentation of Braille press. 

Another Scheme announced on the occasion related to efforts for awareness-generation for persons with disabilities under which assistance upto Rs. 5-10 lakhs would be available. 

At the function, the Minister presented cash prizes and certificates to the winners of the All India Braille reading and writing competitions organized by All India Confederation of the Blind. Over 100 students from 32 Institutions for the blind belonging to 15 States participated in these competitions with overall prize value of approximately Rupees One Lakh. Another important highlight of the function was the presentation of the Krishna Kumari Varma Memorial Award to a student securing top position in M.A. History examination at Hyderabad University. 


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