Chandrayan2 sparks science communication on social media

Chandrayan2 is an exemplar of science communication that took its spur on social media in recent days.

This statement was made by Dr. Dev Vrat Singh of Central University of Jharkhand in the plenary session titled ‘Communicating science through creative arts’ which is a part of one-day National colloquium on ‘Using Media Technology for Promotion of Scientific and Technical Issues’ organised by the Assam Science and Technology University in collaboration with Department of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University.

“Chandrayaan 2 mission is an overreaching effect of science communication on the platform of new media that has recently reached to the large audience of the country. Scientists can utilize social media for outreach, communication and collaboration with fellow people across the globe”, Singh said.

Singh further said, “With the rise of new media, it is important to know the usages and limitations of this platform in science communication. This is a good platform to reach the millennial”.

The programme is organised with an aim to address issues and discuss the different ways in which media technology can be used or has been used for promotion of scientific issues.

The colloquium was held under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-III) of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development at Phanidhar Dutta auditorium of the university premises.

The programme comprised of three plenary sessions on titled ‘Public understanding of science and role of media technology’, ‘Communicating science through creative arts’ and ‘Coverage of scientific stories in news media’. The sessions were chaired by Director of the Assam Science Technology & Environment Council Dr. Arup Kr. Misra, Professor of University of Rajasthan, Sanjeev Bhanawat and Senior Journalist Teresa Rehman respectively.

In the opening session the gathering also observed one-minute silence to offer condolence on the demise of renowned Mathematician and Writer from Assam Dr. Dilip Kr. Dutta.

In the inaugural session, delivering the opening address Dr Pradeep K Srivastava, former scientist of the Central Drug Research Institute said, “In India people are yet to aware of the promises of Bio-inspired engineering which is a development of new science that studies nature’s models and then imitates to form human solving scientific designs. This concept is fairly adopted in the countries like Japan and must be upheld in the countries like India and other developing countries”.

Srivastava, an eminent scientoonist of the world also emphasised on the need to create awareness among people about Bionics that is benefited especially in the area of medical, pharmaceutical sciences, water conservation to climate change and thus helping in sustainable development.

The programme was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor of the Gauhati University Prof Pratap Jyoti Handique, whereas the welcome address was delivered by Dr Dhiraj Bora, vice-chancellor of the Assam Science and Technology University.

Inaugurating the event, Prof Pratap Jyoti Handique said, “There is a need to identify the constraints and the problems faced in science communication”.

Meanwhile, welcoming the session, Dr. Dhiraj Bora talked about bridging the gap between common people and science communication by emphasizing on the importance of science in daily life for both urban and rural people.

Dr Arup Kr. Misra in his speech talked about Science and Technology and public understanding of Science.

Prof. Chander Mohan UGC Chair Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof. Sunil Kanta Behera of Tezpur University, Prof. I. Arul. Aram of Anna University, Prof. P. Thirumal of University of Hyderabad, Dr. Ravindra Vemula of EFLU, Prof. Aman Vats of Amity University, Dr. Manas Pratim Das of All India Radio Siliguri, Mr. Prasanta Jyoti Baruah of The Assam Tribune, Mr. Sushanta Talukdar of NEZINE and Dr. Jaideep Baruah of Assam Science Society also attended the programme.

Dr. Ankuran Dutta, head of the Communication and Journalism department of Gauhati University delivered the vote of thanks.

Students from various institutes also took part in the programme.