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New Delhi : “Confluence of science and literature will go a long way in taking science to the masses,” said Jayant Sahasrabuddhe, Organising Secretary, Vijnana Bharti. Saharabuddhe presided over the inaugural function of the International Science Literature Festival at Kolkata on November 5, 2019. The festival is being held from November 5-7, 2019, as a part of the India International Science Festival (IISF) mega-event.
Organized by CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) and Vigyan Prasar, the inaugural function of the International Science Literature Festival was attended by nearly 200 invitees, researchers, and scientists.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, who delivered the keynote address, said that science communication is as important to scientists as it is vital to the different sections of the society. Prof. Sharma added that communication of science is a major scientific social responsibility and we need to encourage scientists and researchers to take to popular science writing as well, according to a PIB release.
Eminent computer scientist Dr Vijay Bhatkar, who was the chief guest said that the dimension of science literature is very important for science communication. He added that the IISF’s science literature fair is a welcome step that connects the masses to science.