Developing scientific mood in society is of paramount significance, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned on Saturday, stressing the hazards posed by the promotion of pseudo-science.
Society ought to be inspired to simply accept scientific outlook because the beacon for progress. At each degree, the conviction ought to be sturdy that the scientific methodology provides the perfect options to the issues confronted by the person, society and the nation, the Chief Minister mentioned, inaugurating the valedictory of the thirty third Kerala Science Congress (KSC) organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).
The scientific interventions in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, back-to-back floods and the financial disaster additional emphasise the relevance of inculcating scientific outlook within the nation, he mentioned.
Science paved the best way for progress in post-Independence India. Nonetheless, the reply as to whether the nation has developed the scientific mood envisioned by the Constitution will be considerably disturbing, Mr. Vijayan mentioned.
In the current Indian scenario, people who interpret myths and fables as historical past are being put in atop establishments, at the same time as analysis initiatives are being introduced to determine beliefs and customs as science. This is a harmful development which challenges science and the scientific outlook, he mentioned.
The emphasis on scientific temperament enabled the Kerala authorities to realize unparalleled infrastructure improvement within the State despite the pandemic, two floods and the Nipah virus outbreak, Mr. Vijayan mentioned.
The famous virologist and chairman of the thirty third KSC, T. Jacob John, underscored the significance of creating a devoted ‘Health Protection Agency’ within the State for tackling infectious ailments.
It could be a strong and lasting system of defence, given the State’s susceptibility to infectious ailments because of the excessive inhabitants density and quantity of journey, he mentioned.
The thirty third KSC was themed on ‘Pandemics: Risks, Impacts and Mitigation.’ Technical periods have been held from January 25 to twenty-eight. Around 160 papers have been introduced. Prof. Okay.P. Sudheer, govt vice-president, KSCSTE, presided.
Thomas V. P., assistant professor, Botany, Catholicate College, Pathanmthitta, gained the Dr. S. Vasudev Award – 2020 instituted by the KSCSTE for the perfect venture accomplished below the Science Research Scheme.
The Young Scientist Awards have been introduced to A. A. Ambily, assistant professor, Mathematics, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT); Deepu Sivadas, post-doctoral fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode; Sreejith Shankar P., assistant professor, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology; and Sudarshan Karthik, assistant professor, Avionics, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Valiamala.