DST plans to increase journalist-scientist interaction for masses to reap sci-tech benefit: Secy Sharma

Pune: Calling for more space for science stories in the media, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ashutosh Sharma highlighted plans to increase interaction between journalists and scientists so that the former can understand the work of scientists and the impact it could bring on society, at an interview in an audio-visual media. “People need to know about the work scientists are doing and scientists need to present their work in a way that it reaches the market and masses to reap the benefits of science, technology, and innovation,” Secretary Sharma said at a recent interview with an online platform.

“With this in mind, we are planning to start a programme that would act as a link for journalists and scientists and both sides would be able to know and understand their way of work and help propagate science research through their stories,” Sharma announced.

He underlined the importance of propagating scientific temper and appealed to the citizens of the country to adopt it in their life to navigate through the difficulties of life.

Secretary Sharma explained that scientific temper is an approach to see things logically and objectively and anybody that believes in rational thinking can have it. “It is necessary that we not only believe in scientific temper but also implement it in our lives. Our society needs to have a scientific temper. The Covid-19 pandemic was an encouraging example of how a crisis situation was tackled with science. We should learn from this example. The lack of scientific temper is a global issue due to the nature of the human mind,” Sharma elaborated.

He added that the media also needs to understand that scientific research is not done overnight and is different from crime and other similar stories. He pointed out that the DST had started programmes like AWSAR for encouraging scientific writing and would continue making such efforts to encourage scientific temper.

This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.

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