new blink India March for Science, 9 August 2019

The global March for Science happened this year happened on the 4th of May. Since it was in the middle of the General Elections, the Indian scientific community has decided to organize the India March for Science on 9 August. The main demands are: 1. Stop propagation of unscientific, outdated ideas, and develop scientific temper, human values and spirit of inquiry in conformity with Article 51A of the Constitution; 2. Allocate at least 10% of the Central Budget and 30% of the State budgets to Education; 3. Ensure that at least 3% of the country's GDP is used to support scientific and technological research; 4. Ensure that the education system does not impart ideas that are not based on or contradict scientific evidence; 5. Ensure that public policies are enacted based on scientific evidence.
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Breakthrough Science Society protests against the mockery of science in the 106th Indian Science Congress

The 106 th Indian Science Congress was held at Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab from Jan 3 to 7, 2019. The focal theme of the Congress was “Future India: Science & Technology”. As in the case of Congresses in the last few years, there were bizarre presentations of unscientific claims, casting a slur on the the prestige and glory of the Science Congress that had a rich legacy due to its association with some of India's finest minds, including Acharya JC Bose, C V Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S N Bose...
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National Conference on ‘Integrating Science with Society’

The conference of national importance on the theme “Integrating Science with Society” was inaugurated by Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University at Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, on Dec 15. In his inaugural address Prof Das said that the Science movement led by Breakthrough Science Society is a timely step towards building scientific temperament in the society. He stressed that education based on scientific reason can help the country to come out of the present crisis..
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Conference on "Integrating Science with Society", 15-16 December 2018, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

After the two Marches for Science, a significant number of scientists and science-loving people have come together, united by their concern for the future of science in our country. Feeling the need to open dialogue on the pertinent issues and try to reach common ground, the Breakthrough Science Society is organizing a conference on Integrating Science with Society, on 15-16 December at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. It will have sessions on Philosophy of Science, Cultivation of Scientific Temper, Ethical Practice in Science, and Reforming Science Education. There will also be a panel discussion on "The role of scientists in society", and an open session on "Problems facing development of scientific culture in India".
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Relief Works in Flood hit Kerala

The people of Kerala are reeling under the worst ever floods in the past 100 years. Around ten lakh people had taken shelters in relief camps. People are slowly returning back to their homes. The rehabilitation and rebuilding of their lives is going to be a great challenge. The Kerala State Chapter of Breakthrough Science Society along with Medical Service Centre and other voluntary organisations is engaged in the rehabilitation and medical relief works in several districts.
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Stand by the Flood Ravaged People of Kerala

Dear Friends, The people of Kerala are reeling under the worst ever floods in the past 100 years. The situation is very grave. All the 14 districts have been affected. As on now the death toll has crossed 400 and more than 8 lakhs of people have taken shelter in relief camps. The Kerala State Chapter of Breakthrough Science Society is working hard from the very beginning and is engaged in rescue operations as well as relief works in several places. People are going to face a bigger crisis when they return back to their homes in rebuilding their lives. For a large number of people their homes would have either been totally wiped out or would be in shambles. The rehabilitation and rebuilding of their lives is going to be a great challenge.
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India joined the International March for Science on April 14. Scientists, researchers, teachers, students and science loving people in thousands across the length and breadth of the country joined hands to defend science and scientific temper. Marches were organised in more than 40 cities and towns. Marchers carried colourful placards and banners displaying slogans “Spend 3% of GDP for Science!”, “Spend 10% of GDP for Education to Educate the Next Generation!”, “Stop Spreading Unscientific Beliefs!”, “Science Not Silence”, “Science Belongs to Everyone”, “Science + Myth a dangerous mixture”, “Defend science do not defund science”, “Science Unites”, “Science for Society, Science for Man, Science in Thinking!” etc. People everywhere were enthused seeing a March for science and education. The March symbolised the unity of the scientific community which is the need of the hour to fight the present crisis facing science in India.
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April 22 last year saw more than a million people, from scientists to all those concerned about science and where it is heading , march in more than 600 cities worldwide in a unique collective effort to defend science and scientific outlook against the onslaught from unscientific forces. The scientific community of India staged an India March for Science on August 9, 2017 to highlight the problems of active propagation of unscientific beliefs and superstitions by anti-science forces and the abysmally low support for science and education in India. The situation has not improved much in the last one year, and the international scientific community is again organizing a March for Science to be held worldwide on April 14, 2018. The Indian scientific community has decided to join the international effort.
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Breakthrough Science Society (IIT Kharagpur Chapter) organized a flood relief camp for the recent flood affected victims at Village-Ranichak, Block- Daspur-II, Dist- Paschim Midnapur, West Bengal on 26th August 2017 with the flood relief materials received from the IIT community. Professors and Research Scholars of IITKGP personally distributed the relief materials in the following villages with the help of local volunteers and Science Clubs. Packets containing Rice, Dal, Mustard Oil packet, Semolina (suji), biscuit, Potatoes, Onion, Sugar, Dettol Soap, Phenyl were distributed to the villagers (180 families) along with the usable cloths, donated by the students and faculty members of IIT Kharagpur.
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Scientists organize INDIA MARCH FOR SCIENCE

Scientists all over the world organized March for Science on 22 April in 600 cities, demanding greater support for science and demanding that governmental policies be guided by evidence-based science. Since our country has the same problems, and in addition we see an active propagation of unscientific beliefs and superstitions, eminent scientists gave a call to organize an India March for Science on 9th August in all important cities of India. On that day more than 15,000 scientists, research scholars, teachers, students, and science-loving people Marched through the streets in 43 cities and towns of India. ... | Read more

Press Statement on Introduction of Vastu at IIT Kharagpur

In a workshop recently organized in Kolkata with the theme ‘Vastu in Global Perspective’, it was announced that IIT Kharagpur has decided to introduce vastu-shastra in the undergraduate and post-graduate programs in Architecture. Professor Amitabha Datta, President of Breakthrough Science Society West Bengal Chapter issued the following statement in response to a news item published in newspapers. ... | Read more

BSS submits memorandum to the Central Environment Minister regarding the approval of GM Mustard

A genetically modified hybrid Mustard (DMH-11) variety developed by the Delhi University is awaiting approval by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee for environmental release. The Breakthrough Science Society submitted a memorandum regarding this to the Central Environment Minister, demanding that the approval should not be accorded hastily without a scientifically conducted study of the long-term impacts on crop biodiversity, consumer safety, and environmental protection. For details, Click Here

BSS launches petition on the process of formulation of the "New Education Policy—2016

The BSS initiated a petition to urge the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to adopt a transparent and democratic process in formulating the New Education Policy. The petition asked the government to release the full draft of the proposed NEP-2016 (not an abridged version), to make it available in all state languages, and to publicize it properly in the print and electronic media. It urged the MHRD to subject it to scrutiny and discussions by the stakeholders to evolve an education policy that will truly address the education needs of the masses. The petition, signed by 245 scientists and educationists, has been submitted to the MHRD.

Felicitation of scientists involved in the discovery of gravitational wave on 19 June, Kolkata

Kolkata, 18 June, 2016: Breakthrough Science Society, West Bengal Chapter organized a program to felicitate Dr Rajesh Kumble Nayak and Ms Anuradha Samajder of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (IISER) who were involved in the discovery of gravitational wave. The program was held on June 18 at Meghnad Saha Auditorium, Rajabazar Science College, Calcutta University. Prof. Dhrubajyoti Mukherjee, President of BSS presided. Prof. Soumitro Banerjee, General Secretary of BSS was also present. Prof. Amit Ghosh of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics delivered a popular talk on General Theory of Relativity. Dr Rajesh Nayak explained about the discovery of gravitational wave by LIGO and their contribution in the project. After the talks, Dr Rajesh Nayak and Ms Anuradha Samajder were presented with felicitation certificates. The auditorium was full with students, teachers and professors. For details, Click Here