State chapter news

 WEBINAR: Saving the Environment: A Scientific Perspective
6 June, 4 PM
Speakers:    • Prof Saraswati Prasad Sati, Associate Professor, VCSG Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry, Uttarakhand    • Prof Soumitro Banerjee, General Secretary, Breakthrough Science Society and Professor, IISER Kolkata
President: Prof Amitava Datta, President, BSS West Bengal State Chapter, and Retired Professor, Jadavpur University and IISER Kolkata
Please register here: https://forms.gle/Q8LUaziSAi8hEGVg                                                                                                                                   YOUTUBE LINK: https://youtu.be/s8lydMOBIH0

Breakthrough Science Society8A Creek Lane, Kolkata 700014www.breakthroughindia.org

Youtube link of the programme is given below.

https://youtu.be/Do_ZLa970yQ

An online seminar on Mucormicosis: Black Fungus 
Organised by BSS Tripura Chapter 
2 June 2021, 7pm.
Speakers:Dr. Anirudh Kumar, (Assistant professor, Dept. Of Botany, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, MP)           & Dr. Swapan kr. Sukladas (Medical Officer, Govt. Of Tripura)
 The first talk will be in Hindi & the second will be in Bengali.
 YouTube Link:
https://youtube.com/channel/UCJe_4nIrQm_0KUqoFE1PYZA

Webinar: Covid Pandemic and Mental Health Care.

28th May 2021, 7 PM

Speaker: Dr. Prasanta Kumar Roy

Organised by Breakthrough Science Society, Kharagpur chapter

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.