India March for Science, Pune

On August 9, the March started from Pune station at 5.30pm and ended at Ambedkar statue near the Collector's office. A large contingent of scientists, teachers, researchers and students numbering around 600, carrying placards displaying various demands participated in the march. Students walked with placards saying `August 9, 1942 - Quit India, August 9, 2017-Quit Ignorance' and `If science is expensive try ignorance'. Vinita Bal, addressing the marchers said, "We will lag behind if science funding is not adequate. There are undue expectations while we pursue science. Lack of funds is frustrating for students and scientists. It is wrong to expect Nobel prizes and good research papers when there is no consistent funding". Hamid Dabholkar from Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti said, "The march has maximum participation from youths. We cannot progress without scientific temperament. Pseudo-science is being propagated, which we need to fight" Vivek Monteiro, Principal advisor, Navnirmiti Learning Foundation, said, "There are systematic attempts to promote hatred, anti-scientific, pseudo-scientific and non-scientific ideas. Text books are being modified and children are being made to learn unscientific stuff". "India cannot progress without scientific temperament. Superstition, mythology and distortion of history is leading to a feeling that we as a country are backward. Even educated people are following superstitions. Instead of taking up scientific outlook we are going backwards. Did we get Independence for this?" 93-year-old Shanta Ranade said.

India March for Science Pune

India March for Science Pune

Scholar holds a demand at India March for Science Pune

India March for Science Pune

India March for Science Pune