Guru Nanak College, the first institute in Asia to celebrate the International Day for Science Literacy

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International Science Culture Day celebrated for the first time in India at Guru Nanak College of Arts, Science and Commerce and National Center of Science Communicators with an international conference.

Maharashtra, Mumbai – Guru Nanak College of Arts, Science and Commerce (GNC), Mumbai in association with the National Center for Science Communicators (NCSC) jointly organized an international conference on science culture on September 28, 2021. This conference was held held in hybrid mode, in the presence of national and international dignitaries. It was conducted to observe and celebrate the International Day for Scientific Culture.

India is the first and only country to explicitly adopt the scientific temperament in its constitution. Article 51A (h) has been added under the Basic Duties which states that “it is the duty of every Indian citizen to develop scientific temperament, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform”. The term Scientific Temper was first coined by the first Prime Minister who designed for a scientific India.

In 2020, seven organizations from Mexico and Costa Rica proposed the creation of an International Day for Scientific Culture. On September 28, 2020 (to commemorate the date of the premiere broadcast of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” television series), these institutions and others from several countries participated in this celebration through social media campaigns, virtual conferences, webinars, workshops and more. The NCSC along with several other networks and institutions dedicated to education, science and public science communication from countries of the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia have joined the initiative.

The Guru Nanak College of Arts, Science and Commerce, (GNC) Mumbai, was established in 1989 with the aim of providing higher education opportunities to young people in Mumbai. The college offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in the fields of humanities, science, and business.

The National Center of Science Communicators (NCSC) was established in 1997 with the aim of facilitating the improvement of science and technology communication in our country.

The conference had a galaxy of speakers such as Padmashri YSRajan, Stephen Webster, Sarada Srinivasan, Mark Nowacki, Dr Jennifer Metcalfe, Ennio Candotti, P.Balaram, Ma Platino, vaccine expert Prof. Gagandeep Kang FRS and Prof. MM Sharma FRS.

Dr AP Jayaraman, President of NCSC, said: “Most people think that if you are a scientist, you have a science culture. Most people who are very cultured think that they are scientifically cultured.

The conference also had public lectures on cumulative science culture and nurturing science culture. The conference ended with the aim of instilling the scientific temperament in the citizens of the country through various initiatives and programs.

Principal and Responsible GNC Dr Pushpinder G. Bhatia (ICSC) said with pride that “We at Guru Nanak College are very pleased to be the first educational institution in Asia to launch this Science Culture Day. We hope to involve students in activities that will promote science culture not only within the college, but also to the community. Scientific culture must be part of our daily life. “

Suhas B. Naik-Satam, Manager (ICSC) said that “Science communication is a necessity for the development and well-being of a nation and young minds are the harbingers that will help in the creation of a scientific temperament ”.

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