Use vernacular languages in science communication: Modi to scientists

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jan 2018 08:20:27



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pitched for using vernacular languages in promoting science communication in a ‘big way’ to develop ‘love of science’ in the youth, saying language should not be a barrier but a facilitator.

Addressing the curtain-raiser ceremony of the commemoration of professor Satyendra Nath Bose’s 125th birth anniversary in Kolkata via video-conference, he said Bose was a ‘crusader’ for teaching of science in vernacular languages and had started a Bengali science magazine.

“To promote understanding and love of science among our youth, it is vital that we promote science communication in a big way. Language should not be a barrier but a facilitator in this task,” Modi said.
The prime minister also asked the scientists to use their fundamental knowledge to help the general public in on day’s life.

He said it was important in today’s world that the final outcome of the innovation and research should be judged for their positive impact on the lives of poor people.
“Whether through your innovations, life of any poor is getting easier, whether difficulties of middle class are reducing?” he asked.
He asked scientists to determine their subjects of research keeping in mind the socio economic challenges faced by the country.

Born on January 1, 1894, physicist Bose is best known for his work on quantum mechanics in the early 1920s.
Bose discovered what is known as bosons and worked with Albert Einstein to define one of the two basic classes of subatomic particles.

Scientists among world’s best: Harsh Vardhan


INDIA’S scientific research institutions and its scientists and researchers are among the best in the world, Union Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.
India ranks third worldwide in nanotechnology and in terms of the number of important scientific publications, the country occupies the fifth spot, Vardhan said.

The minister made the remarks while addressing the curtain raiser ceremony of Prof S N Bose’s 125th Birth day celebrations at the S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences here.

“We are the third in nanotechnology in the world and among the government-funded institutions in scientific research, our Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) occupies the ninth spot among the 1,200 institutions in the whole world,” Vardhan said while paying tribute to the rich legacy of scientists like S N Bose.

“Our institutions are comparable to the best in world and our scientists are among the best,” he said, appealing to the community of scientists to use scientific gains to solve unresolved issues faced by millions of people in India.
Referring to Bose, the minister said his memory always inspires future generations and his fundamental science theory helped in future inventions by others.

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre ‘Hombi Bhabha Chair’ Prof Srikumar Banerjee referred to Bose’s path breaking work in Quantum Statistics, which is considered to be one of the last four revolutionary papers on old Quantum theory. The other three belong to Planck, Einstein and Bohr.
He also referred to Bose-Einstein Condensation in 2001 and the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2013.

Institute Director Prof Samit K Ray said the institution had been set up in 1986 as an autonomous body under the Department of Science and Technology and carrying out research activities in various fields including quantum statistics, astrophysics and theoretical science.
“We will commemorate the 125th birth anniversary by organising seminars, academic and social outreach activities throughout the year,” he said.