Write a note on the People’s Science Movement.


Write a note on the People’s Science Movement.

Movements are about ideas – ideas that shape society and change the way we live and think. Building on this heritage, the science movement adds a new dimension to these progressive ideas – a critical understanding of science. The people’s science movement has emerged as a vibrant nationwide movement encouraging mass participation in matters of development, including intervention in science-related policy formation.

 

Genesis and Aim

 

The 20th century has made the role of science and technology central to how society works. Not just in production, economics and war but also in sharing public opinion, in defining culture, in politics, in music, in government science plays an important role today.

The impetus and inspiration for science-based social activism came not from a mere desire for dissemination of information on natural sciences but largely from the disillusionment of concerned intellectuals, mostly in the younger age group, with the official thinking and action in alleviating mass poverty and unemployment and its concomitant degradation of human condition. Groups engaged in science education and dissemination became conscious of the new challenges.

The people science movement aims at a critical understanding of science. It informs the common people on what science is being done, how and why, i.e., analysing policies, educating people and mobilising public opinion on issues. It further works towards constructing a rational society by explaining natural phenomena using science and countering irrational beliefs ad superstitions. By initiating programmes such as training teachers to use innovative teaching methods, training village women to use health information, training farmers to experiment and use science to improve the soil, etc., mobilising the poorest and putting into practise the promise of science — improving living conditions.

History

 

The origin of PSM in India may be traced to the early 1950s when a number of organisations got engaged in activities aimed to create scientific awareness among the general public. The Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP), the Marathi Vigyan Parishad, the Assam Science Society and the Banga Vigyan Parishad are the more prominent among them. They began dissemination of information about science and technology by publishing literature in various Indian languages. Of these, the KSSP in the 1960s and 1970s grew into a mass organisation.

A Convention of PSM was held for the first time in India in November 1978 in Trivandrum under the auspices of Kerala Sahitya Sastra Parishad (KSSP). Since then, there has been an intensification of the interest in initiating a PSM in several parts of the country. The need was then felt for a second convention of PSM, which was hosted by KSSP in Kerala. The concern of the convention was focused on the need to define a PSM, which should form the basis of an all-India perspective so that programmes and activities initiated would have a clear-cut direction and purpose.

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