India March for Science, Lucknow

On the Quit India Day, scientists of Lucknow got together and gave a call for removing ignorance, illiteracy and superstitions from the nation. During a seminar organised at UP Press Club, Lucknow they also underlined the need for enhanced support for science and technology so that India can attain a lead position in the international sphere. After welcome by Er. JP Maurya of the Breakthrough Science Society, Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand, former director, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) initiated the proceedings. Dr. Nitya Anand had circulated the appeal for the meet, and he gave a comprehensive account of the progress made in the country in science and technology and how it has led to better health and higher life expectancy. He said that science understands events in a cause-and-effect framework making a person logical. When this knowledge is translated into useful applications, technology is born. He said that higher allocation in the budget to science and technology as well as to education, particularly of the young, is need of the hour. Dr. Nitya Anand lauded India's stand on Paris convention issue and said that the PM has shown that India cares for environment. Dr. JK Johri, former NBRI scientist and secretary of the CSIR Pensioners' Association elaborated how senior scientists who have finished their innings in the laboratory, can contribute to social welfare. Science, he said, has a role outside laboratory too. He said the retired scientists can help educate those who can't go for formal schooling. Senior citizens should also engage in public education on issues of science and contribute to the cleanliness mission. Dr. Nikhil Kumar, formerly with NBRI, said that there is need for re-evaluating our customs. We tend to look at them with disdain but many have scientific basis. Dr. Saman Habib of CDRI referred to the article 51 A(h) in the Indian constitution and said that scientific temper and the spirit of inquiry have been listed as duties because they are key to our social fabric. We should encourage children for asking questions. If formed early, it will be their life-long asset and lead to development of our society. Dr. CM Nautiyal, who also coordinated the programme, said that we have a rich tradition in scholarship and we should advance it. The investment in education is a long term investment but without that society will not progress. Be it defense or communication or a field like health, science and technology touch life of each one of us. We shouldn't miss the bus because once left behind, it will go on getting more and more difficult. He also reminisced his own experiences how live commentary on Total Solar Eclipse and the tactful handling of muhnochwa (face-scratcher) menace promoted scientific temper. Dr. Nitya Anand also administered 3 pledges to all the scientists, professors, scholars, students and others present to remain scientific in temper, maintain integrity and work for promoting S&T as well as conserving the environment. The meet ended with tributes to city scientist Dr. BN Dhawan and three other top-notch Padmabhushan Scientists who also stood for scientific temper - Prof. UR Rao, Prof. Yash Pal and Dr. PM Bhargava. The meet was followed by a symbolic march with placards displaying photographs of scientists like Aryabhat, Srinivas Ramanujan, JC Bose, PC Ray, SC Bose, CV Raman and Einstein as well as messages and slogans to promote scientific temper and support science.

Dr Nitya Anand, Convener, IMFS Lucknow addressing the scientists

Dr. Saman Habib speaking at the India March for Science Lucknow

Scholar holds a demand at India March for Science Lucknow

Dr. CM Nautiyal delivering speech at India March for Science Lucknow

India March for Science Lucknow