Pune: Scientists and students, on Wednesday, participated in the ‘March for Science’, organised to promote scientific and rational thinking in the city. The march was a part of the nationwide ‘March for Science’ organised in New Delhi and many other cities, where the scientific community took to the streets. In Maharashtra, it was organised in Pune, Mumbai and Wardha.
The participants walked from Pune station to Ambedkar statue near the district collector’s office with placards and slogans in support of science.
The march saw around 150 participants, a majority of whom were students. Pune-based Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), Lokayat, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) were some of the organisations extending support to the march.
Dr Hamid Dabholkar of MANS said that when scientists get on to the streets to connect with the public, it is the democratisation of science.
“It’s great to see young Pune being a part of this march. This march is not against anything, but is for science, which makes it a positive initiative,” he added.
Immunologist, and a researcher at IISER, Vinita Baal, said, “Science is fuelled by curiosity. However, we stop our children from asking questions and kill that curiosity. A questioning attitude is necessary in order to promote science and research.” She also said that our government expects big things from our researchers, without providing them with adequate funding.
Eminent activists and scientists from the city like senior social activist Shanta Ranade, science activist Dr Vivek Monteiro, scientist Satyajit Rath were present at the march.