Uttarakhand is formed on 9th November, 2000 as the 27th state of the country after separation from Uttar Pradesh. The state is often called as “the land of Gods or Dev Bhoomi” because of the presence of Charam Dham (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunatry) and bestowed with rich natural resources i.e. forest, rivers, flora , fauna etc. State is 80% hilly and having tough terrain and frequently affected by the natural clematises. In this condition it became very difficult to provide the good education facilities to the inhabitants especially in Science, in which lot of explanation (practical) is involved. In order to boost the scientific temper among the masses of the state,Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology (UOST) started functioning in June, 2005 at Dehradun as a nodal agency of Department of Science & Technology (Govt. of India). The important mandate of Council are:
(1)Research & Development
(2) Science Popularization
(3) Entrepreneurship Development Programme
(4) Himalayan System Science.

In the present paper an attempt has been made to highlight the indicatives taken by UCOST for creating Science awareness through Science Communication. Since its inception a large number of campaigns (Planet Earth, WASH, International year of Astrology, International year of Biodiversity etc.) & large number of workshops (Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Water Testing, Technology demonstration, Role of print and electronic media in science communication, etc.) related to different issues of Science & Technology were organized by Council in every corner of the State through agency SPECS (nodal agency of Council for Science Popularization in Garhwal), PAHAL (in Kumaon) and District Coordinators. As per the analysis approximate 15,000 inhabitant i.e. Students, Researcher, Scientist & Common masses etc. were benefited in various issue of Science & Technology. It is concluded that by proper planning & action plan, Science Popularization can be archived, which can improve the socio-economic status of the state.

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Science communication an important tool for science popularization
A case study of uttarakhand council

Devi Prasad Uniyal   Uttarkhand State Council for Science & Technology

Rajendra Dobhal   Uttarkhand State Council for Science & Technology

B.P Purohit   Uttarkhand State Council for Science & Technology

Sarita Khandka   Uttarkhand State Council for Science & Technology

Uttarakhand is formed on 9th November, 2000 as the 27th state of the country after separation from Uttar Pradesh. The state is often called as “the land of Gods or Dev Bhoomi” because of the presence of Charam Dham (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunatry) and bestowed with rich natural resources i.e. forest, rivers, flora , fauna etc. State is 80% hilly and having tough terrain and frequently affected by the natural clematises. In this condition it became very difficult to provide the good education facilities to the inhabitants especially in Science, in which lot of explanation (practical) is involved. In order to boost the scientific temper among the masses of the state,Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology (UOST) started functioning in June, 2005 at Dehradun as a nodal agency of Department of Science & Technology (Govt. of India). The important mandate of Council are:
(1)Research & Development
(2) Science Popularization
(3) Entrepreneurship Development Programme
(4) Himalayan System Science.

In the present paper an attempt has been made to highlight the indicatives taken by UCOST for creating Science awareness through Science Communication. Since its inception a large number of campaigns (Planet Earth, WASH, International year of Astrology, International year of Biodiversity etc.) & large number of workshops (Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Water Testing, Technology demonstration, Role of print and electronic media in science communication, etc.) related to different issues of Science & Technology were organized by Council in every corner of the State through agency SPECS (nodal agency of Council for Science Popularization in Garhwal), PAHAL (in Kumaon) and District Coordinators. As per the analysis approximate 15,000 inhabitant i.e. Students, Researcher, Scientist & Common masses etc. were benefited in various issue of Science & Technology. It is concluded that by proper planning & action plan, Science Popularization can be archived, which can improve the socio-economic status of the state.

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