Increase in funding sought for scientific research, education

Kolkata
9 Aug 2017

Scientists and professors from different educational institutions today took part in a rally titled 'India March for Science', where they raised their voice demanding rise in allocation of funds for scientific and technological research and education.
Speaking to newspersons before the rally was flagged off from Rajabazar Science College, Prof Nilesh Maiti, convenor of the march said: "The government should ensure spread of science among students. It is also necessary for the government to ensure that the education system imparts ideas that are supported by scientific evidence and it is also the government’s  responsibility to put in place  policies that are based on scientific evidence".
Prof Amitava Dutta, chairman of the advisory board of the event's Kolkata Organising Committee, said: "Where many other countries are allocating significant portion of their GDP for scientific and technological research, it is very low in our country. We demand allocation of at least three per cent of GDP for scientific and technological research and and at least 10 per cent towards education".
Both of them expressed concern over the increasing attempts to spread unscientific beliefs and superstitions. Prof Dutta said: "Instead of taking actions against such people who are spreading superstitions, people occupying high positions are encouraging such practices. This is vitiating the cultural atmosphere of the country".
The rally culminated at Esplanade. A memorandum listing the demands of of the scientists and educationists was submitted to Governor Keshri Nath Tripathy, for onward transmission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to a press release issued by the organisers, India March for Science today got good response from the scientific community of the country. Even scientists working abroad organised marches in Barcelona, Munich, Tel Aviv and several places in the US in support of 'India March for Science'. (EOIC)