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Bridge Gap between Old and New Generation for Scientific Temper

The purpose of science is to make our lives better and happier. Science is that knowledge by which we understand nature and harness it for our benefit. Speaking as the Chief Guest at the International Conference on Science Communication for Scientific Temper here today, Justice Markandey Katju said, “It is true that scientific knowledge can be misused like atom bomb, but it can also be used to benefit mankind, whereas without science we will be living precarious, wretched lives. Not only the applied sciences like technology benefits people, but the fundamental sciences benefit mankind in the long run , even though not immediately.”

………….Dr Gangan Prathap, Director, CSIR-NISCAIR gave a statement on Scientific Temper.Citing wisdom from our saints and sages of ancient times, Dr Gangan said, “ Scientific Temper is compatible with observation and insight, reasoning and insight, reasoning and intuition, systematic work and creative impulse. It gives rise to an attitude of mind which while being conscious of wide areas of ignorance, is never the less optimysic about human ability to gradually unravel the mysteries that surrounds us.In this process scientific temper becomes part of the culture.”

Shri Bernard Schiele, Head, Graduate Studies in Science, Technology, Society, delivered the key note address.

Dr P M Bhargava, Former Vice Chairman,National Knowledge Commission, said, “ Scientific Temper calls for recognition of the several major differences between the scientific attitude and the theological and metaphysical attitude specially in respect of dogmas proclaimed in the name of religion. While science is univerasal, stablished religions are divisive.” Earlier Dr Subodh Mahanti, Director, Vigyan Prasar welcome the august gathering.

The 3-day International Conference on “Science Communication for Scientific Temper” has five Plenary Sessions and fifteen Parallel Sessions with about 88 lectures spread over three days from 10 January 2012. All the sessions are chaired by eminent scholars and science communicators. Altogether, there are thirteen invited lectures by resource persons from different walks of life. The Conference has been organized jointly by CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), Vigyan Prasar (VP), and National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) and DST.

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Written by csirindia

January 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Posted in NISCAIR

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