National Science Day: Taking science to the people?

During the last week of February 2017, several academic institutions involved in Science Education and Research celebrated the ‘National Science Day’ with a lot of fanfare. This is a laudable activity, but one would like to assess the impact and effectiveness of this annual event celebrated over the years. The role being played by the scientific community in trying to take ‘science to the people’ – commonly considered as the objective of the National Science Day – needs to be studied. When the Government of India declared this special day for Science, it was with the following objectives: (i) to widely spread a message about the significance of scientific applications in the daily life of people; (ii) to display all activities, efforts and achievements in the field of science for human welfare; and (iii) to give an opportunity to the scientific minded citizens in the country to appreciate and encourage the efforts to popularize science and technology amongst the Indian people. How does one ‘take’ this science to the people?

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