India March for Science, Thiruvananthapuram

The city of Thiruvananthapuram witnessed a forceful display of solidarity and purpose as hundreds of teachers, researchers, students and concerned public gathered and marched under a single banner - India March for Science on 9th August 2017. The programme was one of the many that were simultaneously being held in state capitals across the country. A good number of scientists, teachers, research scholars and students from institutions like NIIST (CSIR), IISER, IIST, JNTBGRI, CET and Kerala University participated in the march. The march was a culmination of the extensive campaign work undertook by the organizing committee covering research institutions, college and schools in Thiruvananthapuram as well as other districts of Kerala. Solidarity marches were also organized in many districts of Kerala before 9th August 2017. There were many programmes like 'science magic', seminars and discussions in many localities for creating awareness among common people. A talk titled 'Turning good students to good scientists-from text book to life' was delivered by Dr.Umesh Kadhane, associate professor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram at 9.30 AM on 9th August 2017 at public library hall, Palayam which was attended by large number of research scholars and students. The inaugural function, held at the same venue, was presided over by Sri. P.Radhakrishnan, former deputy director, LPSC, ISRO and chairman, organizing committee, India March for Science, Thiruvananthapuram. Prof. P.N.Thankachan, general convener, organizing committee welcomed the dignitaries and the gathering. In his presidential address Sri. P.Radhakrishnan explained the aims and objectives of the march and that it was influenced by similar marches that had taken place in around 600 countries across the world on April 22, 2017. A message from the organizers of the march for science of April 22 was read out at the function. Prof. Indulal of College of Engineering, Trivandrum then read out the memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister of India.Dr Rajan Gurukkal, former Vice - Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University delivered the inaugural address. In his speech Dr Rajan Gurukkal explained the crisis being faced by the science in the present social order. India march for Science, Thiruvananthapuram edition then started from near public library led by Dr. Rajan Gurukkal, Sri. P.Radhakrishnan and several other prominent personalities. The march ended at Asan square, in front of the administrative building of Kerala University. Sri. D. Krishna Warier, former Deputy Director, C-DAC, Prof. C.P. Aravindakshan, retired principal, Government Women's college and leader of popular science movement in Kerala, Prof. Gireesh, former Head, Department of Physics, University College and Sri. G.S. Padmakumar, President, Breakthrough Science Society, Kerala Chapter addressed the gathering at the concluding function.

India March for Science Thiruvananthapuram

Meeting at India March for Science Thiruvananthapuram

Marchers at IMFS Thiruvananthapuram marching forward

India March for Science Thiruvananthapuram

Dr Rajan Gurukkal, former Vice - Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University delivering the inaugural address.