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Brief Biodata : Ujjwala T Tirkey

Qualification: M.Sc. (Mathematics), Ranchi University

Joined DST in 1988 and Since then Working in the Area of Science Communication and Popularization

Programmes/ Schemes

  • Skill Development Programmes
  • Low cost Science teaching programmes
  • Maths popularization through Origami
  • Astronomy related programmes (Total Solar Eclipse, Transit of Venus)
  • Competitions among schools students and general public
  • S&T popularization among blind

New Initiatives

  • International Year of Physics -2005
  • Health & Nutrition programmes among women
Brief Biodata: Pamposh Kumar

Qualification: PG degree in Chemistry followed by research in immuno-biochemistry.

Professional Experience

  • 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 Engineering).
  • 7 years of experience in coordinating testing laboratories’ accreditation against criteria based on ISO guidelines/standards (especially for Photometry, Clinical, Forensic & DNA Fingerprinting disciplines)
  • Currently 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 Water Management.

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

Programmes/schemes being Coordinated:

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.

Motivational/Contact 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, etc.

Communities Awareness cum Training Programme for Disaster Preparedness

Gujarat earthquake 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, training programmes.

Detection 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.

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