first_imgKolkata: While inaugurating the 26th West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress on the occasion of National Science Day, Bengal Science, Technology and Biotechnology minister Bratya Basu said ‘science without proof’ is running rampant in India, in which attempts are also being made to pass off superstitious beliefs as science.”In recent times, superstitious beliefs such as claims of plastic surgery of Ganesha or test tube baby of Gandhari or a Pushpak udaan from Ayodhya to Sri Lanka have become a matter of concern for people in this country, to the point that research is being done on such beliefs. This is a matter of great regret to me,” said Basu. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe further said: “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants to encourage a scientific way of thinking in every corner of the state. So, the government is organising science meets not only at the state level but also at the regional level. This year, we have already hosted three regional science and technology meets, where around 1,300 research papers were submitted and out of them, 160 have been selected and will be taken for the state meet.” The two-day science and technology congress, which is being organised by the department of Science, Technology and Biotechnology at Science City, will witness a plethora of experts who will deliver lectures on various subjects, as well as panel discussions. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBasu also inaugurated a children’s science pavilion at the meet and said it is important to foster young scientific minds as they have the potential to become the next Satyendra Nath Bose, Prafulla Chandra Ray or Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu. For the past 32 years, the National Science Day is observed every year across the country on this day, as a tribute to famous Indian scientist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, also known as C V Raman, who discovered the Raman Effect. Sourav Pal, director of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, who was also present at the inauguration ceremony, said: “We need to remember C V Raman on this day for his contributions to the world of science and also to the Indian scientific community.”last_img

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