A well planned programme of any kind will face fewer obstacles if not no obstacles at all at various stages and from various stake holders of the society. This statement needs no proof. The India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project is one of the examples of scientific faith, the international community of scientists; have on Indian scientists and India’s S&T Programmes. This is one of the unique projects which will fulfill one of the dreams of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru come true. The INO project is proposed to be set up in West Bodi Hills near Pottipuram Panchyat Union in Theni district, Tamil Nadu, India. The Rs. 900-crore prestigious project’s implementation is slow, as the residents of the village, the NGO groups and Human Rights Activists pose stiff opposition towards the implementation of the project. The rural public has been educated more about the properties of neutrino by NGOs and Human Rights Activists than by scientists, science communicators or science-based-institutions in this region. We conducted a study with the help of our students and the result points out that the slowdown in the implementation of the INO project is mainly due to the absence of effective S&T communicators who ought to have been a confidence building bridges between the project implementation cell and the rural public, NGOs and Human Rights Activists. In this short presentation we will also share some more areas of concern that have slowed down the progress of the INO project.

“The customer is always right”–Mahatma Gandhi.

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Why INO progress is slow?
A case study

Michael Anjello Jothi Rajan   Department of Physics, Arul Anandar College (Autonomous)

Arockiam Thaddeus   Department of Zoology, Jayaraj Annapackiam College for Women (Autonomous)

A well planned programme of any kind will face fewer obstacles if not no obstacles at all at various stages and from various stake holders of the society. This statement needs no proof. The India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project is one of the examples of scientific faith, the international community of scientists; have on Indian scientists and India’s S&T Programmes. This is one of the unique projects which will fulfill one of the dreams of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru come true. The INO project is proposed to be set up in West Bodi Hills near Pottipuram Panchyat Union in Theni district, Tamil Nadu, India. The Rs. 900-crore prestigious project’s implementation is slow, as the residents of the village, the NGO groups and Human Rights Activists pose stiff opposition towards the implementation of the project. The rural public has been educated more about the properties of neutrino by NGOs and Human Rights Activists than by scientists, science communicators or science-based-institutions in this region. We conducted a study with the help of our students and the result points out that the slowdown in the implementation of the INO project is mainly due to the absence of effective S&T communicators who ought to have been a confidence building bridges between the project implementation cell and the rural public, NGOs and Human Rights Activists. In this short presentation we will also share some more areas of concern that have slowed down the progress of the INO project.

“The customer is always right”–Mahatma Gandhi.

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