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Science communication : mission accomplished?

Author: Mukhopadhyay, Ingit Kr.

Keywords: Communication in science
Science museums

Issue Date: 2010-07

Publisher: National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata

Description: In an old civilization like ours, with diversity found in immense proportions and not having a so called culture of science embedded in the Indian ethos, communication of Science and Technology to the people is a difficult mission but this activity is essential for our national development particularly at this juncture when our country's economy is in transition from its resource based structure to a more open knowledge based platform. With a substantial support from the Government and an inclination for promotion of Science Communication activities observed in our Government policies, a sizable network of institutions and agencies for Science Communication has been established in India during the last few decades. But how far the mission of Creation of a scientific temper among the masses has been achieved? Are we observing any attitudinal change among Indians towards science and scientific issues because of the Science Communication activities being conducted? If so, are we trying to measure the success or failure of our missions?
In India, regular assessment and evaluation of outcomes are not practiced as essential follow up actions for science communication activities. As a result, we do not know how effective our missions are. We must understand that the number of Science Centres set up in the country and the number of visitors entering into an exhibition or a Science Train are not sufficient indicators of the achievement or efficiency of our missions. Time has come for a closer look into the issue for appropriate action.

Source: National Council of Science Museums

Type: Article

Received From: National Council of Science Museums


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dc.contributor.author Mukhopadhyay, Ingit Kr.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-15T05:29:49Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-15T05:29:49Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07
dc.description.abstract In an old civilization like ours, with diversity found in immense proportions and not having a so called culture of science embedded in the Indian ethos, communication of Science and Technology to the people is a difficult mission but this activity is essential for our national development particularly at this juncture when our country's economy is in transition from its resource based structure to a more open knowledge based platform. With a substantial support from the Government and an inclination for promotion of Science Communication activities observed in our Government policies, a sizable network of institutions and agencies for Science Communication has been established in India during the last few decades. But how far the mission of Creation of a scientific temper among the masses has been achieved? Are we observing any attitudinal change among Indians towards science and scientific issues because of the Science Communication activities being conducted? If so, are we trying to measure the success or failure of our missions?
In India, regular assessment and evaluation of outcomes are not practiced as essential follow up actions for science communication activities. As a result, we do not know how effective our missions are. We must understand that the number of Science Centres set up in the country and the number of visitors entering into an exhibition or a Science Train are not sufficient indicators of the achievement or efficiency of our missions. Time has come for a closer look into the issue for appropriate action.
dc.source National Council of Science Museums
dc.format.extent 109-114p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata
dc.subject Communication in science
Science museums
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.issuenumber 2
dc.format.medium text
DC Field Value
dc.contributor.author Mukhopadhyay, Ingit Kr.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-15T05:29:49Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-15T05:29:49Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07
dc.description.abstract In an old civilization like ours, with diversity found in immense proportions and not having a so called culture of science embedded in the Indian ethos, communication of Science and Technology to the people is a difficult mission but this activity is essential for our national development particularly at this juncture when our country's economy is in transition from its resource based structure to a more open knowledge based platform. With a substantial support from the Government and an inclination for promotion of Science Communication activities observed in our Government policies, a sizable network of institutions and agencies for Science Communication has been established in India during the last few decades. But how far the mission of Creation of a scientific temper among the masses has been achieved? Are we observing any attitudinal change among Indians towards science and scientific issues because of the Science Communication activities being conducted? If so, are we trying to measure the success or failure of our missions?
In India, regular assessment and evaluation of outcomes are not practiced as essential follow up actions for science communication activities. As a result, we do not know how effective our missions are. We must understand that the number of Science Centres set up in the country and the number of visitors entering into an exhibition or a Science Train are not sufficient indicators of the achievement or efficiency of our missions. Time has come for a closer look into the issue for appropriate action.
dc.source National Council of Science Museums
dc.format.extent 109-114p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata
dc.subject Communication in science
Science museums
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.issuenumber 2
dc.format.medium text