Haridwar, September 4
Dr Rajendra Dobhal, Director General, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST), has called upon the young and upcoming journalists to lay stress on spreading news of scientific developments and innovative ideas among the common man and help develop an informed society.
Speaking at the valedictory function of the four-day workshop for “Empowerment of Science Communicators/Writers/Journalists” organised by the Lokhit Foundation with support from the Rashtriya Vigyan Prasar Sanchar Parishad (RVPSP) at Dev Sanskriti University here yesterday, Dr Dobhal hoped that the participants would go back home and disseminate user-friendly scientific knowledge among the masses through the media.
“Uttarakhand is a highly natural calamity-prone and ecologically sensitive region where life for the common man, especially women, is very tough. The media could spread awareness about simple and easy-to- understand use of scientific information and tools which the people could use to reduce drudgery and misery,” Dr Dobhal said.
Earlier, some of the 45 trainees participated in a lively Khula Manch where they presented the scripts of news items, articles, poems, cartoons and satire developed during the workshop.
Sandeep Kumar, Registrar, Dev Sanskriti University, while appreciating the efforts put in by the expert faculty in building the capacity of the participants, hoped more such workshops would be held in different parts of Uttarakhand. The university would also make efforts to promote science communication, he said.
The workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates among the participants.

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