“Language is a mode to express thoughts and ideas,” said Dr Ashok Jain. “Some times scientists do not get time to devote to language but it’s important to interact with the public in a language they understand and make them aware of their scientific work.” He was speaking as the Chief Guest during the 79th CSIR Foundation Day and the conclusion of the Hindi Month Celebration on 26 September 2020 organised virtually on MS teams by CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (CSIR-NISCAIR) and CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (CSIR-NISTADS), New Delhi.
Dr Ashok Jain further said that societies and groups progress when they share thoughts and ideas among themselves and language plays a major role here. Language, he said, is meant to increase interaction and understand each other and that is how innovations take place.
Delivering her Presidential Address during the programme, Director, CSIR-NISCAIR & CSIR-NISTADS, Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal referred to the dream of Hon’ble PM of an “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, a self-reliant India, for which it was important that we stay ahead in science and technology. Dr Ranjana said that we in CSIR are proud that we have been successful in this endeavour to a large extent.
Highlighting the various achievements of CSIR, she said that even during the present coronavirus crisis, CSIR has contributed in every field right from developing diagnostic kits, PPEs to the repurposing of drugs, etc. to combat the COVID-19 crisis.
Dr Ranjana said that CSIR-NISCAIR and CSIR-NISTADS play a vital role by communicating Science & Technology to society. At CSIR-NISTADS, she said that the Institute is playing the role of a nodal agency in CSIR in transferring technologies from the lab to the land. She apprised about some projects of CSIR-NISTADS including Socio-economic Impact Analysis of CSIR Technologies wherein the Institute had analyzed four CSIR technologies including Aroma Mission, two technologies of CSIR-IIP (Indian Institute of Petroleum) and CLRI Waterless Chrome Technology. Similarly, NISTADS conducts TRL (Technology Readiness Level) assessment of the CSIR technologies to evaluate their maturity level, she informed.
Earlier, in his Welcome Address, Mr Hasan Jawaid Khan, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NISCAIR, highlighted the efforts of the Rajbhasha Unit in promoting the use and implementation of Hindi among the employees of the institute through workshops, lectures and training programmes. He informed that CSIR-NISCAIR has been consecutively awarded for the best performance in implementing Rajbhasha policies among institutions by TOLIC (Town Official Language Implementation Committee (North Delhi). Further, to disseminate information relating to COVID-19, the CSIR-NISCAIR Rajbhasha Unit had e-published a compendium in Hindi “Covid-19 Mahamari: Vigyan tatha Prodhogiki Suchana Sankalan” covering coronavirus related information. He also informed that the Institute’s three popular science magazines – Science Reporter (English), Vigyan Pragati (Hindi) and Science Ki Duniya (Urdu) – extensively covered various issues pertaining to COVID-19 in the form of articles, interviews, etc.
During the Hindi Pakhwada various competitions including Essay Writing Competition, Picture-based Story Writing Competition, Slogan Writing Competition and Poem Recitation Competition were organised online on MS Team by CSIR-NISCAIR, he apprised.
Dr Sujit Bhattacharya, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS, congratulated both the institutes and appreciated their efforts during these challenging times.
Later, Dr Monika Jaggi, Senior Scientist, Dr Pushpanjali Tripathy, Senior Scientist and Dr Madhulika Bhati, Principal Scientist, announced the names of the winners of various competitions organised during the Hindi Pakhwada by NISCAIR and NISTADS; winners of studentship to children of CSIR employees; employees who have completed 25 years of service in both the institutes and all those who retired last year.
While Ms Meenakshi Gaur, Mr Anirudh Tiwari and Sh Virpal Singh conducted the programme, Dr Charu Lata, Scientist, proposed the vote of thanks.