Ban on SCIHUB and LIBGEN involved in free dissemination of scientific documents will severely impede all research activities in our country, said Dr Soumitro Banerjee, professor at IISER Kolkata and General Secretary of Breakthrough Science Society. He was addressing the webinar titled “Make knowledge free for the development of science” organised by the Kerala chapter of Breakthrough Science Society (BSS) on March 17, 2021 as part of the observance of the National Science Day.
Scientific knowledge is undoubtedly a social product, majorly facilitated by the utilisation of tax payers’ money. Since late 17th century, the task of dissemination of scientific documents has steadily been carried forward by research publications/periodicals published by science academies. During the infantile stages of organised scientific research, this mechanism played a significant positive role in the progress of science. But the changes in the socio-economic conditions of modern society have created a situation in which the market forces have taken control over the publication of scientific papers and the original creator of scientific knowledge is put at the mercy of the publisher. A few publishers have emerged as monopolies in this field and in the process it is these firms which control the distribution of research publications in the world. These publishers make huge profit by selling the research papers at unaffordable prices, even though the research in the main is carried out using the government fund and the authors and reviewers of the paper are not paid for their work. Only a united action of scientists, researchers and academics can free the scientific knowledge from the vice like grip of the profit motivated publishing industry. Dr. Soumitro Banerjee expressed confidence that the younger generation will rise up to the occasion to catalyse this change.
Dr. P.S Babu, president, BSS Kerala chapter while participating in the discussion emphasized the need for developing an international movement to make knowledge free. The webinar was organised in the background of the ongoing litigation in the Delhi High Court pertaining to the prayer by the publishing firms for a ban on the operation of Sci-Hub and Libgen in India. Mr. George Joseph, secretariat member of BSS presided over the function. Dr. Sreekumaran, executive committee member, BSS moderated the discussion.
‘Make Knowledge Free, Not Private Property’ – Online All India Convention.
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Date and time: 9 January, 2021, Saturday, 4 PM.
Prof. P Balaram, former Director, IISc Bangalore,
Prof. S C Lakhotia, INSA Senior Scientist, Banaras Hindu University,
Prof. Soumitro Banerjee, General Secretary, Breakthrough Science Society and Professor, IISER Kolkata.
The recent lawsuit filed in the Delhi High Court by the publishers Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society against Sci-hub and LibGen for copyright infringement has brought to the fore the debate between legality and ethicality of limiting access to knowledge. This discussion will address key concerns.
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The Breakthrough Science Society has initiated a statement by the members of the scientific community urging a continuation of the services provided by Sci-Hub and LibGen. If you agree, please sign the statement by clicking on the link given below. Please also forward it to your friends.
Breakthrough Science Society organised a webinar on ‘Nobel Prize in Physics 2020’ titled ‘On Blck Holes and Singularities’ on November 1, 2020. The lecture was delivered by Prof. Jasjeet Singh Bagla, Dean – Academics and Professor of Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali.
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Breakthrough Science Society West Bengal Chapter has organized more than 30 relief camps in association with local science units affiliated with BSS in different districts of West Bengal in the last few months.
We thank all of you for your generous support and help, without which it was impossible to do so. The volunteers and our friends have rendered all physical and mental assistance to make it a reality in the Covid-19 pandemic and post-AMPHAN devastation. To the remotest corner of Sundarbans, where the movement of people is a mere impossibility after AMPHAN, our volunteers reached there to help the needy people with our meagre relief materials of food and other daily needs. But the effort was no way little compared to the content we have delivered at the hour of necessity.
Our volunteers have worked day and night to give technical solutions to the poor villagers for portable drinking water after the source of all drinking water was disrupted due to super cyclone AMPHAN in Southern Bengal.
We are a science organization working for the cause of science, and society cannot but remain silent when people are at distress and crisis. We were never quiet and extended all sorts of help in the natural calamities – flood, earthquake, drought even beyond the borders to the neighbours.
We thank you for your generosity.
Professor Amitabha Datta (President) Dr. Radhakanta Koner (Secretary)
Webinar on ‘Nobel Prize in Physics 2020’
Date and time: November 1, 2020, Sunday, 4 PM
Title: “Of Black Holes and singularities“
Speaker: Prof. Jasjeet Singh Bagla
Dean – Academics and Professor of Physics
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali
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Abstract: The Nobel Prize for Physics for the year 2020 has been
awarded for work related to black holes. One half of the prize has
gone to Roger Penrose for theoretical work that shows that formation
of black holes is possible, indeed it is inevitable in some situations. The other half has been divided between Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for discovery of a supermassive object at the centre of our Galaxy. In this webinar, the development of ideas and observational evidence leading up to the award winning work will be discussed, covering the specific contributions of award winners and their teams..
The online edition of the Hindi Science Magazine *’VigyanChetna’* published by the All India Committee of *’Breakthrough Science Society’* was unveiled and inaugurated by Dr. Soma Marla (Principal Scientist, Bioinformatics, ICAR, NBPGR, New Delhi) on 15 September 2020. A discussion was also held on the *”Role of Science magazine in spreading scientific thoughts” in which Dr. K N Jha (Principal, Government Polytechnic College, Ashoknagar, Madhya Pradesh) and Mr. Debashish Roy (Vice President, All India Committee, Breakthrough Science Society) was present as a speaker. The program was conducted by Dr. Vinay Kumar (In-charge, Breakthrough Science Society, Delhi chapter). The program was broadcast live on the *”VigyanChetna”* Facebook page.
The second edition of ‘A Brief History of Science’ was released online on Oct 6 by Prof S G Dani, Former President, National Board of Higher Mathematics. On the occasion, Prof Bikas Sinha, Former Director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics spoke on the life and work of Meghnath Saha. Please CLICK HERE to watch.
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