Innovation is the key'

Print edition : December 16, 2011

R SHIVAJI RAO

Anuj Sinha, Director, Vigyan Prasar.

How does Vigyan Prasar chalk out programmes to bring science from textbooks to an experimental level in daily lives?

Low-cost kits have been developed and frequent workshops are organised for skill enhancement of middle- and high-school science teachers. Over 10,000 active science clubs are mentored to organise innovative experiments. Competitively priced interactive CD-ROMs, books, etc., are available in several languages. Television, radio and the Internet are also harnessed through creative programmes to reach remote communities.

How can simple technological innovations help rural India?

An innovation with a film-song-based programme telecast on Doordarshan with subtitles in Hindi was a hit and boosted literacy levels. Our scientists are engaged in developing similar innovations that are low-cost yet effective. We will soon be launching a science-alert SMS service on mobile phones.

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