India’s scientific achievements need more coverage, says Debiprosad Duari

Eminent scientist Debiprosad Duari believes that academia, government and the press should come forward to make people more aware of India’s achievements in science and technology.

Duari, who has been associated with the Birla Planetarium in Kolkata for more than two decades, said one of the main goals of the Centre’s “Technology Vision 2035” is to make people aware of their own potential and that of the world. countries in terms of technological advances.

He said communicating with people in their language was key to spreading information about scientific achievements and instilling in them a sense of well-being and euphoria.

“I was part of the education and technology sector under the ‘Technology Vision 2035’ and we sat together and discussed various things for five to six years since 2012 when it was conceptualized.

“The main goal of this initiative is to engage and create an environment by 2035 where people know the real reality of developments in science, not just promises,” Duari told PTI during an interaction at his Kolkata office.

He also urged the press to report more on India’s achievements in science to motivate the masses to strive for their goals.

Citing some specific examples, he said India was building an ambitious deep neutrino observatory as part of a particle physics project. The country is also setting up the “world’s largest liquid mirror telescope”, whose surface will be made of mercury instead of glass.

“The problem is that ordinary people are unaware of many such developments in science. Information about such events will be of immense interest to children and students.

“This is where the media needs to step in and report more about it… The masses need to be educated, but keeping in mind the classified details that cannot be made public,” Duari said.

The renowned scientist, who was a faculty member at the University of Manchester, has also recently established an institute in Kolkata focused on raising public awareness of science and technology in a graduated and structured manner.

“The Institute of Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences (IASES) began its journey on May 16 and we have some renowned scientists on board as teachers. The goal of the organization is to reach students in schools, colleges, universities and the general public,” said Duari, who is the director of the institute.

Duari said he has approached the government of West Bengal as well as relevant officials of the Center for financial assistance.

He also said that the need for an educational institution like IASES has arisen because astrophysics and space sciences are not treated intensively in most national institutes in the metropolis and other parts of the state.

Among other projects, the institute plans to launch an internet radio, a “first for the country”, he said.

“There are community radios with a limited range of 50km, but an internet radio will be something new and without such limitations. The aim is to showcase India’s potential and connect it to big developments science and technology around the world,” Duari said.

The well-known astrophysicist also harbors a “dream” of establishing a few more planetariums in West Bengal which would focus on educational content.

“It’s my dream. Nothing has been finalized yet. I hope it will come true in the future,” he said with a broad smile.

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Bonny J. Streater