Dr Harsh Vardhan on `Bridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology: Lessons from India'

The world’s largest and best known science and technology publisher Springer has just published a first of a kind book `Bridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology: Lessons from India’ edited by Pallava Bagla and V.V. Binoy. This 324 page book recounts how to create an informed and empowered public that has the necessary scientific temper.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister, Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences released book on science communication said `I think this book is certainly a milestone in publication for science in India. A lot of to people of our country have contributed in a fantastic manner thorough articles as per their experiences and vision. People in administrative positions in ministry of Science & Technology in centre as well as the state, should definitely read it. We all know that we must establish proper channels of scientific communication, take science to the people, make it understood by many. There are many powerful tools now a days for the purpose. But the book makes us introspect, have we really done it? This is a golden time to establish such channels of communication as right now we have a Prime Minister who is passionate about Environment, Science & Technology. Modi ji is a dynamic PM who wants to leverage science to solve the issues which are as yet unresolved even after 70 years of our independence. For this, he has an immense faith in scientific community. This book will help people associated with science develop new goals and paths and in turn shall help our PM deliver the goal of a New India by 2022.’

This volume provides a snapshot of existing science communication policy and practice in India across different S&T sectors, and offers solutions to building effective communication. It has contributions from stalwarts in the areas of research, policy, and media across the S&T spectrum in India.

The release was followed by a panel discussion on theme, ‘When Science Meets the Public, How Do You Bridge the Gap?’ On the panel were secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Dr Girish Sahni, Director General of CSIR, Professor Deepak Kumar, a former professor and historian of science from JNU, and Mr Pallava Bagla, a long-time senior correspondent with Science magazine and science editor for NDTV. Mr Hasan Jawaid Khan, who is the editor of Science Reporter moderated the panel discussion. The program was well attended by academics, policy makers, bureaucrats and the media.

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