PM Modi Tells Scientists To Use Native Tongue In Science Communication

PM Modi Tells Scientists To Use Native Tongue In Science CommunicationPrime Minister Narendra Modi (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images) 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (1 January ) made a pitch for using native languages to promote communicating science in a “big way” to evoke interest among the youth. Modi said that language should not act as a barrier but rather a facilitator for science.

Addressing the curtain-raising ceremony of the commemoration of physicist Satyendra Nath Bose’s 125th birth anniversary, he said Bose was a “crusader” when it came to teaching science in Indic languages and that he had started a Bengali science magazine.

“To promote understanding and love of science among our youth, it is vital that we promote science communication in a big way. Language should not be a barrier but a facilitator in this task,” Modi said.

The prime minister has also asked scientists to use their fundamental knowledge to help the general public. He said that it was important that the final outcome of innovation and research should be judged on the basis of their positive impact on the lives of poor people.

He asked if research was helping the poor live better lives or ease the difficulties of the middle-class. He also asked scientists to determine their subjects of research keeping in mind India's socio-economic challenges.

Born on 1 January 1894, S N Bose is best known for his work on quantum mechanics in the early 1920s. Bose discovered what is today known as bosons and worked with Albert Einstein to define one of the two basic classes of subatomic particles.