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Scientists, professors, students to ‘March for Science’ across India today

The scientific community will 'March for Science' on Wednesday across the country, particularly in state capitals, in demand of an increase in funding for science and for government policies to be drafted based on scientific research.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 9, 2017 12:08 pm
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The scientific community will on Wednesday ‘March for Science’ across the country, particularly in state capitals, demanding an increase in funding for science and that government policies be drafted based on scientific research. The rally is along the lines of the global one held earlier this year, on April 22, which was attended by over a million people from 600 cities. Scientists, professors, research scholars, students and science activists are expected to participate in the rally today.

Through the protest, the scientific community is demanding an allocation of at least three per cent of India’s GDP towards scientific and technological research and 10 per cent towards education. Second, it is appealing to stop propagation of unscientific, obscurantist ideas and religious intolerance, in conformance with Article 51A of the Constitution. Third, to ensure education system impart ideas that are supported by scientific evidence. And last, for policies to be enacted based on scientific evidence.

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March for Science was celebrated across the globe on on April 22 this year. (Source: Facebook/@marchforscience)

While organisers claim only 0.8-0.9 per cent of the GDP is allocated towards scientific research in India, South Korea spends 4.15 per cent of its GDP, Japan 3.47 per cent, Sweden 3.16 per cent, and Denmark 3.08 per cent, when calculated on the basis of purchasing power parity.

“In India the education system has been seriously neglected, resulting in a large section remaining illiterate or semi-literate even after 70 years of independence. The public school system, where a majority of Indian children get their education, is in a very bad shape. As a result, a majority of children are deprived of the opportunity of being a part of the scientific manpower of the country,” a petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan, reads.

March for Science in Washington DC earlier this year. (Source: Facebook/@marchforscience)

It adds, “In recent times the attempts to spread unscientific beliefs and superstitions are on the rise. This is vitiating the cultural atmosphere of the country. The scientific community expects the Government to uphold Article 51A of the Constitution, and to restrain the attempts that run counter to the development of scientific temper, human values and spirit of inquiry enshrined in the Constitution.”

In New Delhi, the march will begin at 4 pm from Mandi House. Protesters will walk to Jantar Mantar. It will simultaneously be held in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune, among other cities.

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  1. J
    Aug 9, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    Question is if a Single Banner will Display `F ma', to Represent and Remind the Ignorant World about the Greatest Science of all times, that Make and Affect this Universe, the way it is. ..The Laws of Motion, the Newton's Laws of Motion.
    1. ಮನೋಜ್
      Aug 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm
      Vedas are not science and science is not Vedas. Any one who thinks otherwise has no understanding of either.
      1. R
        R e t a r d e d Brahmin
        Aug 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm
        All these so called scientists who are Marching for science are s t u p i d s. Vedic science has even found gold in cow u r i n e. Vedic scientists invented Inter planetary space ships that flew faster than the speed of light. They could travel to Andromeda galaxy in just 2.5 years which even light took 2.5 million years. And for those ignorant people of this stupid earth-we Vedic brahmins have a colony in Andromeda.
        1. B
          Aug 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm
          Indics need no science or engineering. Arya Indic Indiots have invested billions in the R Ds of all foreign defense R Ds which is a proof that they've don't have brain but claim they are intelligent(exactly for the reason that they don't have brain) only next to i d i o t i c Israelites. And every Indic a s s o l e is very proud of that.
          1. G
            Aug 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm
            This particular one is RSS-BJP contribution: obscurantism. No Indian govt has spent much on reason and science. This govt likes guns and s but not science. Together with those, it likes irrationalism and medievalism. It fights AGAINST the purdha of one religion and FOR the cow of another. It apparently wants to see India ruling the rest of the world while being still rooted in unscientific mystification.
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