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Use vernacular languages in science communication: Modi to scientists


Kolkata, Jan 1 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for using vernacular languages in promoting science communication in a "big way" to develop "love of science" in the youth, saying language should not be a barrier but a facilitator.

Addressing the curtain-raiser ceremony of the commemoration of professor Satyendra Nath Bose's 125th birth anniversary in Kolkata via video-conference, he said Bose was a "crusader" for teaching of science in vernacular languages and had started a Bengali science magazine.

"To promote understanding and love of science among our youth, it is vital that we promote science communication in a big way. Language should not be a barrier but a facilitator in this task," Modi said.

The prime minister also asked the scientists to use their fundamental knowledge to help the general public in today's life.

He said it was important in today's world that the final outcome of the innovation and research should be judged for their positive impact on the lives of poor people.

"Whether through your innovations, life of any poor is getting easier, whether difficulties of middle class are reducing?" he asked.

He asked scientists to determine their subjects of research keeping in mind the socio-economic challenges faced by the country.

Born on January 1, 1894, physicist Bose is best known for his work on quantum mechanics in the early 1920s.

Bose discovered what is known as bosons and worked with Albert Einstein to define one of the two basic classes of subatomic particles.


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  • hemanth, Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    When amir khan did same in 3 Idiots people praised his as if he is a great educator..

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  • Roshan Patrao, Traffic Warden, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Another goof up by our PM - should we call this mistake or ignorance. Most scientific terms, when translated into vernacular language, just becomefunny words.

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  • hemanth, Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Many of children from village and studied in Kannada medium are afraid of taking science in PUC because they feel it's difficult as everything is in English. They get afraid with sudden transform. We should encourage young generation to learn science. Language should not be a barrier for science. Even Albert Einstein Published all his famous papers in German. Our own shivarama karantha translated many of english science terms to kannada.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Explain quantum mechanics in vernacular language? It'll sound as funny as NaMo attributing Mahabharat's birth to advanced genetic engineering and Ganesha's elephantine trunk to plastic surgery prevailed in prehistoric India.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    In the field of Scientists and Research, till now there was no interference by Govt, so all was going well.
    He is asking scientists to communicate in vernacular language, just to please vernacular activists & voters!
    Are the scientists getting encyclopedia in vernacular language?
    Instead PM Modi should have told vernacular activists to become scientists!
    In RBI's economic policies Modi Govt started interfering and all went haywire.
    Govt started interfering in educationists and things started deteriorating.
    He started giving advice to his advisers! Now don't know where are we heading!

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    With Govt undue interference, our Jewel like institutions shouldn't loose their autonomy and become puppets of some semi literates or illiterate Ministers.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Can Nalin find a Tulu word for 'Chondrule' ...

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    He will consult Feku .....

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