Swadeshi Science Movement- Kerala, is a popular science movement dedicated for the overall development of our country through the intervention of science and technology. It has been functioning in the state of Kerala since 1989, focusing on science popularization for social development. Swadeshi Science Movement aims at fostering multidisciplinary approach to local problems and promotion of India’s Scientific Heritage. It has been bestowed with two prestigious National Awards by Government of India viz. National Award for Outstanding efforts in Science and Technology Communication (2006- 07) by Ministry of Science and Technology, and Jawaharlal Nehru Prize (2005-06) for science popularization by Hon’ble Prime Minister.
Swadeshi Science Movement (SSM) has been organizing the Swadeshi Science Congress (SSC) every year, since its inception in 1991, to motivate researchers and to preserve our traditional wisdom in diversified fields. Swadeshi Science Congress is a platform for scientists, technocrats, research scholars, professionals, students and enthusiastic science communicators to present, discuss and disseminate their scientific knowledge. It is a congregation for exchanging their ideas and to work for the development of society through the intervention of Science, Engineering and Technology. The Congress encourages presentations in Malayalam also.
This year Swadeshi Science Movement is organizing the 28th Swadeshi Science Congress at CSIR- National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram with the focal theme, “Science for Nation Building: Challenges in Translational Research” and Sub Theme on “Solid and liquid waste management”. Science has now reached every sector and sphere of India from telecommunications technology to transportation technology, smart cards, better healthcare and cutting edge research. India is now in a position to build not only nuclear reactors and nuclear submarines but also giant telescopes,satellite launching vehicles, spacecrafts, missiles, jet fighters,battle tanks and even a neutrino laboratory deep inside a mountain. India now has research stations near south and
north poles. Private sector has joined hands with public sector in production of goods and services which were once imported including various parts of rockets and spacecrafts. Indian pharma companies are now positioning themselves to compete with global brands. Indian biotech companies like Biocon have built formidable international reputation. The ‘Jaipur foot’ was a giant step in using science for nation building. It gave a new lease of life to physically disabled persons. Similarly the reverse osmosis-based ultrafiltration unit developed by BARC served a boon in supplying potable water to flooded areas. Both India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) have worked hard to provide a better weather and monsoon forecast. In fact, IMD is a shining example of science for nation building. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is doing extensive work to ensure food security of the country and even to double the farmers income by 2020 and their scientists have only a single aim – nation building. Similarly, almost the entire scientific and technical manpower of government research laboratories under CSIR is governed by the impulse
of nation building. New discoveries and inventions, can help to build the nation. So also, the invention of new drugs and vaccines as well as development of software can supplement the nation building efforts. As an example, when USA denied the supercomputer sale to India, the Indian scientists built a supercomputer PARAM. Similarly, when cryogenic engine technology was denied to India, ISRO came out after years of struggle with Kaveri, an indigenous cryogenic engine. Keeping all this in mind, the Focal Theme of 28th Swadeshi Science Congress is kept as “Science for Nation Building: Challenges in Translational Research” with a Sub Theme on “Solid and liquid waste management”.