Connecting Science and Literature Can Connect Science To The Masses: Jayant Sahasrabuddhe
| IOP Desk - 06 Nov 2019

International Science Literature Festival-2019 Begins in Kolkata 

Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology who delivered the keynote address said that science communication is as important to scientists as it is vital to the different sections of the society

By Onkareshwar Pandey with Didhiti Ghosh in Kolkata

KOLKATA, November 5, 2019: “Confluence of science and literature will go a long way in taking science to the masses”, said Shri Jayant Sahasrabuddhe, Organising Secretary, Vijnana Bharti. Shri Saharabuddhe presided over the inaugural function of the International Science Literature Festival that was held at the Biswa Bangla  Convention Centre. The festival is being held from 5-7 November as a part of the India International Science Festival mega-event that began in the city today.

Organized by CSIR-National Insitute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) and Vigyan Prasar, the inaugural function of the International Science Literature Festival was attended by nearly 200 invitees, researchers, and scientists.

Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology who delivered the keynote address said that science communication is as important to scientists as it is vital to the different sections of the society. Prof. Sharma added that communication of science is a major scientific social responsibility and we need to encourage scientists and researchers to take to popular science writing as well.

Eminent computer scientist Dr. Vijay Bhatkar who was the chief guest said that the dimension of science literature is very important for science communication. He added that the IISF’s science literature fair is a welcome step that connects the masses to science.

Emphasizing the need for science communication in Indian languages, Dr. Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Former Chairman, National Book Trust, said that there should be country-wide programmes that encourage science communication in Indian languages.

Dr. Partha Ghose, noted physicist, author, philosopher, and musician said that with science literature, science cannot grow roots. He said that science fiction is an important part of science literature and we need many more science fiction writers in India.

Dr. Krishna Bihari Mishra, Padma Shri awardee in his address said that there is no difference between literature and science. These are two ways of presenting the same truth, he remarked.

Other dignitaries of the inaugural function included Shri. B. Anand, Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, DST, Prof. Hak-Soo-Kim from South Korea and Dr. Bimal Roy, Chairman of the National Statistical Commission.

The dignitaries released Vigyanika’s theme book during the inaugural function. The International Science Book Fair that has nearly 30 publishers displaying their books was also inaugurated.

Earlier, Dr. Manoj Kumar Patairiya, Director, NISCAIR welcomed the gathering. Prof. Dr Pallab Banerji, Professor, IIT Kharagpur proposed the vote of thanks.

Earlier, the Union Science and Technology & Health Minister inaugurated the ''Overseas Ministers and Diplomat Conclave'' here at the Indian International Science Festival 2019.

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[DIDHITI GHOSH is India Columnist at La Agencia Mundial de Prensa, USA, Bureau Chief (Kolkata) of Indian Observer Post & Conference Interpreter (Spanish-English-Bengali). E-mail: didhiti.24@gmail.com | LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/2H6gNAv ].

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