VigyanSamachar- India’s first S&T news agency
VigyanPrasar (VP) organized the inaugural workshop of the first science and technology news agency-- VigyanSamachar. This type of initiative is the need of the hour to sensitize science communication among all stakeholders.
• It is an autonomous organization of DST
• It has been entrusted to coordinate news stories received from Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) for all four media sources – print, electronic, digital, and social.
Need for VigyanSamachar
Rise in number of science and engineering publications from India which is also indicated in the recent National Science Foundation (USA) Report, where India ranked at number 3 spot.
The representation of science in the news media remains limited. Recent studies indicate that science gets very little space both in English as well as vernacular media.
Most of the scientific development go unpublished in various media. This limits the knowledge of scientific achievements and activities to limited people.
Difference in the language of the scientists and social scientists and therefore science communication could help bridge the gap between the two.
Earlier, the Government of India launched Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) which also calls for greater communication between scientist and public at large.