General

Breakthrough Science Society, Tamil Nadu chapter is organizing a webinar titled ‘Louise Pasteur and Vaccination – An Overview’ by Dr. S. Jagannathan, Vaccinologist,  Pasteur Institute of India, Coonor on May 24, 2020, Sunday, 4 PM. Details are given in the flyer.

India March for Science is the Indian Franchisee of the international science movement. The march is a non-partisan movement to celebrate science and the role it plays in everyday lives. The goals of the marches and rallies were to emphasize that science upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based policy in the public’s best interest.

For more information please visit: 

http://indiamarchforscience.in/

March for science is an international science movement. The march is a non-partisan movement to celebrate science and the role it plays in everyday lives. The goals of the marches and rallies were to emphasize that science upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based policy in the public’s best interest.

For more information please visit: 

https://marchforscience.org/

On 28 February, BSS Tripura  chapter organised  a discussion program at Tripura University. The topics taken up were  ‘Science and Scientific thinking in daily life’, ‘Darwin’s Evolution Theory’ and ‘Types of Topological Spaces with Notions of Sets’.  Dr Priyasankar Chaudhuri from the Dept of Zoology, Dr Binod Chandra Tripathy from the Dept of Mathematics and Dr Anirban Guha from the Dept of Physics took part in the discussions. The program began by observing one minute silence in memory of science martyrs. Mr Raju Acharjee, Secretary, BSS Tripura Chapter gave an introductory talk. Dr. Sarmistha Bhattacharjee, HOD, Dept of Mathematics, faculty members and students of various departments participated in the discussions.

The program ended with taking the pledge: “On the National Science Day, I take pledge to be guided by scientific outlook and social responsibility. I shall try to inspire others around me, relatives and friends to be free of unscientific beliefs and superstitions. I shall oppose pseudoscience, false claims and religious bigotry in all possible ways. I shall always uphold the banner of struggle to spread scientific temper and outlook based on truth”. The pledge taking programs to motivate students to cultivate scientific temper were also organised in Bardowali HS School, Amtali H.S. School and Badharghat HS School.

Breakthrough Science Society West Bengal chapter organised a webinar on Coronavirus epidemic on 7th May, 2020 by Prof. Partha Pratim Majumdar, Founder Director, NIBMG, Kalyani and President, Indian Academy of Science. The program was conducted as as interview and lasted over an hour and twenty minutes. Around 1200 people participated in the program.

An inter-collegiate students meet was organised in Madurai on the occasion of  the National Science Day in association with the Dept of Physics, Mannar Thirumalai Naiker College. Ms Selvi, convener, BSS Madurai welcomed the gathering. Dr. Krishna Kumar, Thiagarajar college, spoke on ‘Women in Science’. Dr.Latha, Madura College, presented a motivational talk. Students from 9 colleges participated in the program. A skit on Bruno was performed by the participants.

In Coimbatore, a public program was organised in a free tuition centre near the Town hall. Mr Vignesh, the local organiser of BSS gave an introduction about the National Science Day. Mr Sivakumar M, spoke about the necessity of cultivating scientific outlook in day to day life. Mr Sabari, a student of PSG College,  made a presentation on science model making. A movie clip on Sunita Williams was also shown.

National Science Day was observed at Govt High School, Mambalam, Chennai. The program was inaugurated by the HM, Dr Seethalaxmi. Mr Ilango Subramanian, a science communicator explained the Raman effect and the life of C V Raman. Dr S H Thilagar, Vice President, BSS Tamilnadu spoke about the life of a few illustrious women scientists from India and abroad. Mr Sivakumar gave the vote of thanks.

In West Bengal, the Science Day was observed extensively by organising various programs in schools, colleges and public places in different districts of the state. The programs were organised by the BSS chapters as well as by a number of science clubs affiliated to BSS. Reports from various districts follow.

Kolkata: The day was observed in Jadavpur University, Calcutta University (Rajabazar Science College), Jogamaya Devi college and Charuchandra college. Observations were also held in Hindu School, Aryakanya  Mohavidyalaya and Victoria high  school under the initiative of  “Young scientist forum” affiliated to BSS and in two main spots of Kolkata – College street and Hazra More.

National Science Day March at Rajabazar Science College (Calcutta University)
Prof Amitava Datta (President of BSS WB) speaking at the end of the march

East Medinipur: The day was observed in Panskura Banamali college, Panskura High School,Tamralipta, Mahavidyalaya, Jukhiya K N Banimandir, Mugberia Gangadhar college, Haldia Dalimbachak Technical High School, Punarbasan High School, Egra college, Bajkul college, Panskura Science Centre, P C Roy science society and Ramnagar science society.

In Panskura Banamali college, quotation and poster exhibition, book stall and  badge wearing were organised.

In Panskura Girls High School, anti-superstition program  and slide show were organised by the members of Panskura Science Centre.  Rivu Maji and Chandan Das Adhikary are seen conducting the demonstrations.

National science day observed in Madhuri Kalyanika Vidyabhaban, Tamluk

National Science Day  observed by BSS, Mugberia Chapter at Jukhiya K N Banimondir. Science Model Exhibition was inaugurated by the Head Master Mr Kishor Kumar Das.

Jalpaiguri: National Science Day was observed in Central Girls High School, Fanindradeb Vidyalaya, Ananda Chandra college under the initiative of ‘Light of Science’ affiliated to BSS. A seminar was organized in Netaji Subhash foundation hall on the topic ‘Evolution of scientific thought in the present context’. Dr Apurbalal Senapati  was the speaker.

Darjeeling:  The day was observed by Marie Curie science club. A seminar was organised in North Bengal University on the topic ‘Corona virus’ and ‘History of Science in India’

South 24 ParganasScience day programs were organised in Dimond harbour High School, Kakdip Sundarban Adarsha Vidyalaya, Dharapara High School, Ghoradol  High School and Krishna Nagar High School. A discussion was held in Radhakantapur in the presence  of Shri  Kingsuk  Halder of BSS.

 Paschim Bardhaman : The day was observed in Hirapur Manikchand Higher Secondary School, Eastern Rail High School and Assansole Girl’s college under the initiative of S N Bose science club.

Purulia: National Science Day was observed in 27 schools.  Also observational programs were held in Sidho Kanho Birsha University and Raghunathpur college.

As a part of celebration of National Science Day, Universe Science Forum (USF)  organised various competitions such as Essay writing, Poster making & Science Quiz on 1st March 2020 for school students of 6th to 12th standard. About 120 students from 12 different schools of Ahmedabad city participated in the program. A photo exhibition on ‘Raman Effect and the life of Sir C. V. Raman was also arranged by USF. After the completion of the competitions, brief talks and a few demonstrations were conducted.

Shri Deepak Joshi (Retd. I A S) spoke on ‘The contributions of women in science’. He talked about the life struggles and works of great women personalities like Katherine Johnson, Rosalind Franklin, Dr. Anandibai Joshi, etc. Pointing towards the girl students he encouraged them to take inspiration from these women scientists and to aspire for a research career.

Prof. Mitul Makwana of L. D. Engineering College, Ahmedabad  spoke on ‘Importance of Basic Science’. He explained various basic principles of science such as Bernoulli’s principle,  working principle of air conditioner & refrigerator, etc. through simple demonstrations.

Shri Nishchay Singh, a computer engineer, a science populariser & a U.S.F. member, gave a number of demonstrations explaining ‘The Science Behind Colours’ including the role of cone cells in human eye etc.

The chief guest, Prof. N. N. Rogheliya, a popular mathematician, former HoD, Dept. of Mathematics, M. G. Science Institute, Ahmedabad, explained through demonstrations & math games how mathematics play an important role in our daily activities. The audience and students listened to his talk with great interest.

The audience included school students, teachers and parents. At the end of the program, prizes & certificates were distributed

A view of the audience above and a view of the  experiment demonstration below.

National Science Day was observed with great enthusiasm in several parts of Jharkhand. On 28 February, a discussion on “The role of women in the development of science” was organized by the Einstein Club at Ghatshila.  Mr Chandan Kundu, the secretary of the club was the main speaker.

Similar programs were organised in Dhalbhumgarh High School &  Bhangabandhi High School, Ghatshila, where Mr Sushil Giri  and  Mr Satyaranjan addressed. 

Science Day program at Ghatshila

A Seminar on ” Women in Science” was organized at Tata College Chaibasa . Mr Kanay Barik was the main speaker.

On 1st  March, a science conference was organized by the BSS Jamshedpur chapter. Dr. Amitab Bose and Mr Prasant were the main speakers.

At Bokaro and Chandil, a discussion was organized in a coaching center. Speakers were Mr Vijay Kumar and Mr Anant Kumar.