Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan on January 15 launched two new science communication platforms — DD Science and India Science.
DD Science is a joint initiative of Vigyan Prasar and public broadcaster, Doordarshan. It is a one-hour slot on Doordarshan National channel, which will be telecast from Monday to Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Vigyan Prasar is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science and Technology (DST)
The two channels will have science-based documentaries, studio-based discussions, virtual walkthroughs of scientific institutions, interviews and short films and will be free to access. The new initiatives are expected to be the first step in creating a national science channel for India.
Vardhan said, “developing scientific temperament is a critical necessity in a country of 1.3 billion and these two science channels will drive that national objective, both through DTH as well as the internet. It would help people understand the benefits of science and integrate it in their daily lives.”
Speaking on the occasion, Vardhan said “India had a large population of youngsters and the programmes would help tap the demographic dividend they represent for the social and economic progress of the country”.
He expressed confidence that the two new initiatives would turn out to be the first step towards a 24×7 science channel. “We are starting with a one hour programme. I am sure that gradually it would be increased two hours followed by four hours, six hours, 12 hours and finally, it will be a 24×7 channel with the top TRP rating.”
DST Secretary Dr. Ashutosh Sharma said the two new channels of science communication were designed to help take science to the common man. Director General of Doordarshan, Ms. Supriya Sahu, said DD Science service would be in Hindi in the beginning and efforts would be made to gradually expand its scope to have the programme telecast in other Indian languages as well.