new blink Press Statement on Introduction of Vastu at IIT Kharagpur

Professor Amitabha Datta, President of Breakthrough Science Society West Bengal Chapter issued the following statement in response to a news item published in newspapers regarding the introduction of vastu in undergraduate and postgraduate programs of IIT Kharagpur, and the publication of vastu prescriptions in a science journal published by 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. Topics like sacred diagrams, 9 circuit placements or the nabagraha mandal, sacred altars, etc., will be taught, and the students will be asked to do projects and assignments on these topics. The recent issue of a journal published by the 'Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management', IIT Kharagpur, advised people to follow vastu practices in day to day life—like keeping idols of ‘Hanuman’ and ‘Ganesha’ in front of the house. An article titled “A to Z of Vastu Vidya” by Prof. Joy Sen claims that these idols can protect us from “evil powers”! ... | Read more

new blink 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

new blink 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