Biodata: Dr Manoj Patairiya
Dr. Manoj Patairiya
(b. 1961) did his M.Sc. in Zoology (Environmental Biology) and M.Sc. (Tech.) and
Ph.D. in Science & Technology Communication. He also did Postgraduate Diploma
in Journalism & Mass Communication and M.B.A. in Human Resource Development.
At present, Dr. Patairiya is serving as Director (Scientist ‘F’),
at National Council for Science & Technology Communication. He is the editor
of an international journal titled “Indian Journal of Science Communication”.
He has authored a number of books on science communication, science journalism
and popular science topics. Dr. Patairiya’s professional interests included
popular science writing, TV and radio anchoring and imparting training to budding
science journalists, especially in vernaculars. So far, he has conducted over
200 workshops training around 10000 trainees, including journalists, writers,
scientists, teachers, students and science activists, etc. He is a practicing
science communicator and is deeply involved in academics and research in science
communication and teaches science communication at various universities/ institutions
as Visiting Faculty. He is actively associated with the Indian Science Writers’
Association (ISWA). On the event of so-called Milk Miracle (idols drinking milk)
in 1995, he took initiative and investigated the hoax and reported the scientific
principle behind the phenomenon on Doordarshan news. Dr. Patairiya has been honoured
by a number of national and international awards and recognitions; the most recent
ones are ‘International Award for Global Advancement of Science Popularization
2003’ by Centre for Global Studies, c/o NASA, Texas, USA and ‘Dr.
B.C. Deb Memorial Award for Science Popularization 2000’ by Indian Science
Congress Association, Kolkata. Dr. Patairiya is the recipient of prestigious ‘Senior
Media Fellowship’ by Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency and ‘Konrad
Adeneaur Fellowship’ by Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. He is
very much interested and dedicated to the cause of developing science communication
profession. Besides his innovative endeavours in the area of science communication,
he has two Indian Patents to his credit.
Brief Biodata : Ujjwala T Tirkey
i) Enhancing science coverage in mass media (Training Workshops)|
| || ii) Medium-term training courses
in science communication/ journalism|
iii) Academic courses in S&T communication at Universities|
| || iv) Special/ optional papers
on science communication/ journalism|
v) Popular science periodicals in Indian languages|
vi) National Science Communication Congress|
vii) Popular science software development|
i) Indian Journal of Science Communication|
ii) Training for science communication through cultural events|
| || iii)Training for science communication
through digital media|
Public debates on emerging areas/ issues in science and technology|
| || v) International cooperation
in S&T communication|
Qualification: M.Sc. (Mathematics), Ranchi
Joined DST in 1988 and Since then Working
in the Area of Science Communication and Popularization
- Skill Development
- Low cost Science teaching programmes
popularization through Origami
- Astronomy related programmes (Total
Solar Eclipse, Transit of Venus)
- Competitions among schools students
and general public
- S&T popularization among blind
- International Year
of Physics -2005
- Health & Nutrition programmes among women
Brief Biodata : Dr DK Pandey
- Ph.D in Botany- Plant Pathology from Kumaon University,
- Worked as Senior Research Fellow (ICAR)
in Division of Mycology & Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research
Institute, New Delhi.
in Bioassay Division of Central Insecticide Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture
& Cooperation, New Delhi.
- Worked in Soil & Water Conservation
Division in Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, New Delhi.
Presently working in Rashtriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogiki
Sanchar Parishad (RVPSP) Department of Science and Technology since 1989.
Brief Biodata: Pamposh Kumar
- National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC)
- National Science
- National Teachers Science Congress.
of Innovation: Steer the big Idea.
- Development of Low Cost Kits.
- Short term training programmes for resource teachers.
- Collaborative Programme
Qualification: PG degree in Chemistry followed
by research in immuno-biochemistry.
- 17 years of experience of Support to policy formulation,
Coordination of programme generation and implementation for promoting R&TD
in applied sciences & engineering (especially Polymers, Composites, Bio-medical
- 7 years of experience in coordinating testing laboratories’
accreditation against criteria based on ISO guidelines/standards (especially for
Photometry, Clinical, Forensic & DNA Fingerprinting disciplines)
engaged in support to programmes for communicating/ disseminating S&T knowledge
for societal needs
Programmes/schemes being Coordinated:
Coordination of /support to emerging programmes under RVPSP
for communicating/ disseminating S&T knowledge for societal needs, especially
Post YSA (Year of Scientific Awareness 2004),
emphasis is on evolving country wide major programmes on six major areas of intervention,
out of which the “Water Management” programme of RVPSP is intended
to catalyze a culture of water resilience and quality with S&T inputs. Brief Biodata: Mrs. Indu Puri
Qualification:Masters degree in Mathematical
Statistics, University of Delhi
Additional Qualification: Post Graduate Diploma in Environment & Sustainable Development, Indira Gandhi National Open University - New Delhi
Past Expericence: Served as Investigator(Statistics) in Small Industries Service Institute, DC(SSI),
GOI, New Delhi from 1986-1990
Serving NCSTC, DST since 1990 in the area of science
communication, popularisation and dissemination through training programmes, research
programmes, field programmes and development of subject related software.
Programme for Talented School Students
To encourage bright students
to select careers in science, NCSTC has developed this programme for class XI
science students. The selected students closely interact with the scientists/
teachers in a national S&T laboratory / university science departments in
their region for 5-7 days in a batch of 25-30. On the concluding day, competitions
are organized on report presentation, debate/speech/essay writing and others,
with prizes to the winners.
Through this programme has involved national
laboratories and university science departments in science popularization activities.
In less than three years, since this activity was initiated, over fifty
(50) programmes have been organized at various places throughout the country,
to name a few: R&D Laboratories at RRL (Jorhat), G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan
Environment and Development (Srinagar Campus, Garhwal and at Gangtok, Sikkim Campus),
Planetarium at Bhubaneswar, CAZRI (Jodhpur) ; Universities of Kumaun (Almora Campus),
Tezpur (Assam), Karnataka (Dharwad), Punjab (Chandigarh); and P.G. Colleges at
Pithoragarh, Cochin, JSS College of Pharmacy, Ootacamund, Burdwan Raj College,
Communities Awareness cum
Training Programme for Disaster Preparedness
of January 26, 2001with its epicenter near Bhuj caused some 20,000 confirmed deaths
of humans, left more than 1.5 lakh injured spreading its effects in some 21 districts.
There was a general criticism of failure of government machinery to reach every
affected area in time. This lead to genesis of S&T awareness cum training
programmes for representatives of communities for disaster preparedness. Main
objective of the programme is to train volunteers to prepare them for any natural
or man-made disasters. Focus is on science of disasters, causes and remedies through
available resources. Sessions on types of disasters, ignition hazards, safe structures,
ecology, first aid, fires and general awareness on fire prevention, Communication
Network for Disaster, search and rescue operations, etc. are included.
Since 2002 number of such programmes have been organized in Manipur, Punjab, W.B.,
T.N., Delhi, U.P. and some other states. The programme has also been selected
as one of the major areas of concern under YSA-2004, nation wide programmes are
being organized in the form of field programmes like lecture-demonsration series,
of Adulteration in Food Stuffs
These days food adulteration is
common but serious problem which is rampant in our society. The quality of food
sold and consumed by the general public, is many times of inferior quality and
adulterated leading to deterioration of their health. Training programme essentially
comprises training of voluntary activists, teachers, college students, house holders,
etc in Food Quality Control, PFA, adulterant and adulterated foods, certification
systems, expiry of food stuffs, common adulterants, their detection through physical
and chemical tests, visit to sophisticated laboratories, sessions by medical doctors
on importance of food safety, nutrition, etc. Many states have subsequently organized
workshops T.N., A.P., Uttranchal, M.P., Punjab, U.P., W.B., Delhi, etc. Number
of lecture demonstration programmes have also been organized in various states
for the benefit of common man. Under YSA-2004 food safety has emerged out as a
major area of concern. The programme is creating awareness through regional and
state organizing committees of YSA. Kit and manual are also being replicated in
regional languages for nation wide dissemination.