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The Art and Science of Science Communication ! Some Queries !!

The new genre of science communication is flourishing now a days world over but the question which often haunts my mind is whether this new branch of knowledge is a part of science or falls within the gambit of art faculty ? Many argue that this should understandably be the part of a science curriculam ! But others aptly state that science is the only content here and the way it should be presented/mnifested needs artistic calibre only and call for the age old as well as ingenious methods… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on January 4, 2009 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

First Ever National Discussion on Science Fiction in India-A Report !

Can you imagine having an ethnic barbecue dinner on the holy bank of the Ganges after having a full view of the light of earthen lamps on the Ghats of the Ganges? Can you imagine a puppet show at the beginning of a conference and Shehnai Vaadan by the nephew of Shehnai maestro Late Bharat Ratn Ustad Bismillah Khan the next evening? Add to that a magic show and other recreational activities like fun fishing and “primordial” soup making contest to commemorate the concept of origin and… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on November 20, 2008 at 2:30 — 3 Comments

First Ever National Discussion on Science Fiction in India

National Council of Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), New Delhi

Indian Science Fiction Writers’ Association (ISFWA), Faizabad

Indian Association of Science Fiction Studies (IASFS), Vallore


The First Ever National Discussion

Science Fiction : Past, Present, Future

November10-14, 2008; Varanasi, India

A sheer balance between fact and fiction on the grounds of science and technology paves the way towards imaginative faculties of… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on September 11, 2008 at 2:30 — 4 Comments

Moving towards Mainstream Science Journalism :Some Experiences from India !

Science journalism is lately gaining popularity in India.At least it is in news these days .There are two premier organizations of Government of India [GOI] ,National council of science and technology communication [NCSTC] and Vigyan Prasar mainly engaged in popularizing science among Indian masses .NCSTC is working as a major funding agency for various projects with the mandate to communicate science among the lay people .

But science journalism has not yet come out from the shackles of… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on July 20, 2008 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Science Communication Through Cultural Events !

The biggest challenge in public understanding of science programmes in India is how to inculcate interest in science amongst Indian common masses who are mostly villagers.Still not very familiar with modern means of communication they are not able to grasp often the higher modes of science communication.A breakthrough in this regard is achieved with the efforts of National Council of Science and Technology Communication[NCSTC] ,Department of Science and Technology [DST] ,Government of… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on June 12, 2008 at 19:01 — 3 Comments

Seventh Science communication congress on 'Technology Communication ' in India

New Delhi is hosting the said congress the seventh in succession and I trust this may genuinely interest many of you interested especially in technology communication. Please mind it is not on communication technology but the other way round ! What is your say?Please read out the details which is as follows before jumping to any conclusions.And yes, wont you like to attend this innovative event yourself ?…


Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on November 15, 2007 at 3:51 — No Comments

Some basic questions!

The other day I was interacting with a group of graduate students of mass communication and media studies and certain questions posed by a few of them made me uncomfortable. I wish to share my experience with you all Samaritans.

The questions which made me most uncomfortable in answering are as follows-

What is deference in between science writing, popular science writing, science communication and science journalism?

Is it not that science writing or popular science… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on July 19, 2007 at 4:06 — 7 Comments

Role of science fiction in communicating science

Science fiction is not only an effective learning device for school children but it could just be judiciously used in communicating science to lay people as is evidenced by a study[unpublished] conducted in eastern uttar pradesh,India.The study in question reveals that people get easily attracted when they are told about issues in S&T using a story/sf format .It could be just a story in narration or a drama to easily communicate many issues in S&T affecting common man in region… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on June 3, 2007 at 12:36 — 6 Comments

How to communicate science to illiterate people?

About 40% of more than one billion population of India still costitute illiterate people who do not have access to any print mainstream media and communicuating science to them is a daunting task.Of late broadcast media has appreciably reached to remote corners of India thanks to the rapid spread of sattelite mediated television programmes.But lack of proper supply of electricity and other essential infrastructures is a limiting factor to exploit fully the benefit of this broadcast media… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on May 22, 2007 at 3:49 — 11 Comments


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