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Kumbh’s faithful trust science, not superstition: study

18 February 2013

LUCKNOW: The mega Hindu religious fair Kumbh is proving to be quite a revelation for a group of researchers and surveyors from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Here to conduct a survey on a cross-section of pilgrims to measure public understanding of science,scientific attitudes, knowledge, myths and superstitions, this group, which is still collecting data, says Indians don’t believe in ghosts anymore and superstitions have reduced across the board, a reflection of changing India.

“Not only they have good awareness of HIV/AIDS but also there is a growing acceptance of AIDS patients,” says Gauhar Raza, chief scientist of CSIR’s National Institute of Scientific Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), Delhi….

Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Lucknow/Kumbh-s-faithful-trust-science-not-superstition-study/Article1-1013122.aspx

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March 4, 2013 at 4:42 am

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Rising cost of science journals worries top science officials

25 October 2012

New Delhi: Even as India has announced plans to significantly raise its research and development budget during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17), its top science officials say they can’t afford to subscribe to international science journals.

While India is yet to publicize the 12th Plan document, officials said that science departments wanted Rs.500 crore for international journal subscriptions during the five-year period, a fivefold increase over what was needed in the 11th Plan.
While slowing economic growth and concerns over a yawning fiscal deficit has meant a tightening of the purse strings, science officials said that the government wanted to rein in spending on journals, mainly because of “concerns over profiteering”, or the practice of pricing journals way over what it cost to publish them.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India’s largest science body with 39 laboratories, subscribes to more than 8,000 academic journals. It said that its contracts with several international publishers would end by the year end and it still hadn’t decided on renewing them.
“I can’t afford their exorbitant prices,” said Samir Brahmachari, director general, CSIR. “We are still negotiating but publishers seem to expect too much of a margin on publishing journals. That’s unacceptably high.”…..
Read more: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/trpj70vM3TaZW8j64orqMJ/Rising-cost-of-science-journals-worries-top-science-official.html

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October 28, 2012 at 10:44 am


Popular science magazines in regional languages

17 October 2012

NEW DELHI: Popular science magazines brought out by a government-run institute may soon be available in regional languages.

Science and Technology Minister Vayalar Ravi made a strong pitch for bringing out ‘Science Reporter’ magazine in Malayalam after learning that it was available in Urdu.

Ravi mooted the idea at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR)……..

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/popular-science-magazines-in-regional-languages/69582/

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October 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

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Dragon’s decade: China leapfrogs India in research

09 September 2012

NEW DELHI: India’s science research activity has slipped to a fourth of China’s over just the past decade in a dramatic decline that suggests that repeated government promises to focus on research are yet to shows results. New analysis of comparative science research, that takes into account both quality and quantity, shows that India led China till as recently as 2002. But while Delhi has almost stagnated since then, Beijing has leapfrogged ahead, its research activity four times that of India.

The analysis by Dr Gangan Prathap, director of the National Institute for Science Communication and Information Resources — India’s apex agency for science research evaluation — is published in the latest issue of Current Science, the country’s top science journal…..

Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Dragon-s-decade-China-leapfrogs-India-in-research/Article1-927169.aspx

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September 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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Reputation Race in Higher Education is Getting Bigger, but is it Getting Better?

27 July 2012

The university ranking system is getting bigger every year. More institutions are added, more heart burns are caused, more browbeating happens, more student lives are touched, and so on. But the question is: Is it getting better?

….Many university ranking systems, including India’s NAAC, are flawed as they also give emphasis to input indicators and not just output/outcome indicators, says Gangan Prathap, director of NISCAIR and former vice-chancellor of CochinUniversity. He frequently publishes on this subject and has earlier analysed SIR 2011 data inCurrent Science in a new X-ranking.

“I’m not convinced that the I-distance is fault-free. It emphasizes the quality indicators over the quantity indicators. I think to evaluate performance, you need both,” he says. He however agrees that it’d be a good idea to do a discipline-wise ranking…..

Read more: http://forbesindia.com/blog/technology/reputation-race-in-higher-education-is-getting-bigger-but-is-it-getting-better/#ixzz21vNq6rfq

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July 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

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Why maths papers Indians publish have so little impact

04 June 2012

MUMBAI: Indian mathematicians have fallen behind in the race to break new ground in the subject, the comparison having been made in the “National Year of Mathematics”. An article on “top 50 national rankings in mathematics”, published in Current Science, has found a gap not only between the work of mathematicians in India and those elsewhere, but also between the number of papers Indian mathematicians publish and the number of times those papers are cited or impact the work of other authors.

….“The exergy is an indicator combining both quality and quantity aspects and in this India fares badly. Even when we consider the quality factor only, our ranking in terms of the number of citations is very poor,” said the article’s author Gangan Prathap, director of National Institute of Science, Communication and Information Resources. “We need more quality faculty, we need more schools of maths, and we need to re-orient our education to ensure that students don’t shy away from basic sciences and maths.”……

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/why-maths-papers-indians-publish-have-so-little-impact/957422/

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June 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

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Conference on Role of Media in Inculcating Scientific Temper and Awareness Communication Concludes

30 May 2012

A two day International Conference on Role of Communication Media in Inculcating Scientific Temper & Awareness Communication, by CSIR-NISCAIR, Vigyan Prasar, NCSTC and NCSM concluded here today.

The day conference concluded with the valedictory session having Eminent Scientist and Educator Prof. Yash Pal and Ms. Mallika Sarabhai, Activist & Indian Classical Dancer as key note speaker. Prof. Yashpal in his address focussed on the questions asked by children. He said we must listen to children because it is only children who asks us why and how every phenomenon around us is happening. Children are the real discoverer of question and we have to answer the questions…..

Read more: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=84595

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May 31, 2012 at 5:27 am

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Conference on Science Communication for Scientific Temper Begins Tomorrow

09 January 2011

Conference on Science Communication for Scientific Temper begins here tomorrow. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) -National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), Vigyan Prasar and National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Governmentr of India has organized it.

The three day congress will be presided by Dr P M Bhargava, Former Vice-Chairman, National Knowledge Commission and Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India will be the Chief Guest. Besides distinguished delegates from India and abroad, the well known film maker Mahesh Bhatt will share his views on Scientific Temper during the inaugural session of the congress……

Read more: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=79439

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January 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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Scientific Path Shown by Our Ancestors will bring Prosperity

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.

Read complete news item at: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=79464



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January 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

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Scientific awareness rising in India

06 July 2011

NEW DELHI:Scientific awareness in India has increased in the last decade, showing a trend similar to that of China, according to a new study.

Based on surveys involving over 30,000 people every six years, from 1989 to 2007, the study’s findings were presented at a national workshop on scientific temper last month (15-17 June) at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh state, northern India.

The surveys covered states in north and central India from those with low literacy levels to large religious gatherings, and compared the results with surveys carried out in China.

Gauhar Raza, a scientist at the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi, told SciDev.Net that western models of assessing scientific awareness relied on people’s knowledge of a science theory, law or fact.

According to Raza, this model cannot be applied to developing countries with communities or tribes living in remote villages and hills, or those not served by formal education or mass awareness campaigns…

Read more: http://www.scidev.org/En/news/scientific-awareness-rising-in-india-1.html

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July 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

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