703.3 Studying science communications in India, through people's science movements

Saturday, August 4, 2012: 1:00 PM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Binay K. PATTNAIK , Dept. Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India
Subhasis SAHOO , Science and Technology Policy Studies, National Council of applied Economic Research, New Delhi, India
Abstract: It hardly needs emphasis that People’s Science Movements in India have been very  unique and such movements are not seen elsewhere although science popularization/ science communication movements were seen in USA, Europe and Australia.  As such social phenomena have caught our academic fascination, we first tried to characterise the phenomenon; second, tried to locate such phenomena historically meaning, locate their socio-historical roots. Lastly through extensive studies of six cases of various types of PSM (Bharat Gyan Vigyan Parishad, Delhi Science Forum, Orissa Bigyan Prachar Samitee, Jan Vijnan Vedica, Paschim Bango Bigyan Mancha, and Marathi Vidyan Parishad) we have tried to analyse them from the view point of social movement perspective.