Talks at the Indian Science Congress need to be vetted by serious committees, says Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Nobel Laureate Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who attended the Indian Science Congress held in Mumbai in 2015 and called it a “circus” as very little science was discussed, is annoyed at the outrageous statements made by a few speakers at the Congress held in Jalandhar this year. In an email interview, he talks about the steps needed … Continue reading Talks at the Indian Science Congress need to be vetted by serious committees, says Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

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Indian Science Congress sans drama from 2020?

The Indian Science Congress Association has finally decided to bring some respectability to the Congress by deciding to do precisely what the Nobel Laureate Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan had suggested in an email to me. With the government funding the Congress in a substantial way and patronising it with its presence, was the Association compelled to … Continue reading Indian Science Congress sans drama from 2020?

Funding for science in India has nearly doubled in four years: Ashutosh Sharma

With fewer and fewer research proposals getting approved, delay in the release of funding for approved proposals, and only a fraction of the approved funding being released, science in India is facing some grave challenges, says an editorial in the Proceedings of the Indian National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST denies these … Continue reading Funding for science in India has nearly doubled in four years: Ashutosh Sharma

Oncologists step aside, here comes medical astrologers

Pseudoscience has reached a new low in the form of medical astrology. Mushrooming of predatory journals in India is helping in the dissemination of rubbish in the name of science. And a seminar on medical astrology and Ayurveda will be held on February 25 near Palakkad, Kerala. Medical oncologists of the world step aside, here comes … Continue reading Oncologists step aside, here comes medical astrologers

Three science academies denounce Satyapal Singh’s statement on evolution

In a first in recent times, three science academies in India have taken a stand and issued a statement denouncing Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh's statement on human evolution. Two days after Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh claimed that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man … Continue reading Three science academies denounce Satyapal Singh’s statement on evolution

At last, there’s a welcome push back by the Indian scientific community

Since 2014, starting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there have been many instances when members of the ruling party at the centre have aired absurd statements that would never stand scientific scrutiny. Unfortunately, the scientific community has maintained radio silence. The tide is finally turning. On January 8, 2018, speaking during a programme at the … Continue reading At last, there’s a welcome push back by the Indian scientific community

Astrology workshop at IISc stands cancelled

The pushback against the two-day astrology workshop to be held at IISc on November 25 and 26, 2017 was swift and massive that less than 12 hours after social media shared the news, the IISc Alumni Association cancelled the workshop on Saturday (October 28) morning. In a break from tradition, the Indian Institute of Science … Continue reading Astrology workshop at IISc stands cancelled

Alas, astrology workshop to be held at IISc in November

It was not a question of whether but when a scientific institution would hold a conference, meeting or workshop on astrology, or permit such a meeting or workshop to be held in its premises. And the waiting has come to an end. Come November 25-26, 2017, the Indian Institute of Science Alumni Association (IIScAA) will … Continue reading Alas, astrology workshop to be held at IISc in November