Pune: To promote scientific and rational thinking, scientists across the country will take part in ‘March for Science’ on August 9. All State capitals and New Delhi will witness the scientific community and students taking to the streets.
In Maharashtra, it will be organised in Pune, Mumbai and Wardha. Speaking about the march during a press conference on Monday, Naresh Dadhich, former director of Pune based Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), said that adoption of the scientific method should be of social value.
“Science is about probing and knowing the nature and universe around us. It is about utilising the most reliable method that we have at hand,” said Dadhich.
“We are a developed society that adopts scientific methods in their living. However, there is an anti-science attitude that is taking roots in the society which is not according to the scientific method. Hence, we have decided to march against this attitude,” said Dadhich.
Speaking about the protest march on August 9, Vinita Baal, immunologist, and a researcher at Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), said that curiosity has to be inculcated from childhood.
In the light of all ongoing irrational events in the country, the scientific community will march from Pune station to Ambedkar statue near the collector’s office.