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Government launches two national science channels DD Science, India Science

The Department of Science and Technology along with Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati on January 15, 2019 launched two science communication initiatives -DD Science and India Science.
The two science channels, which are milestones in the history of science communication in India, are the first step in creating a national science channel for the country.

Jan 16, 2019 10:12 IST
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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) along with Doordarshan (DD), Prasar Bharati on January 15, 2019 launched two science communication initiatives -DD Science and India Science.

While inaugurating the two key initiatives, Union Science & Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that it is a watershed moment not only in science and technology communication but also in developing the scientific temper of the society.

The minister, while recalling the role played by Doordarshan, India’s public service broadcaster, in the Pulse Polio campaign back in 1990s, said that the channel, which reaches out to more than 92 per cent of India’s population, would be a very impactful medium for popularisation of science.  The Minister further, expressed hope that in the near future the country will see a 24 hour DD Science Channel.

DD Science

India Science

The programme will have a one-hour time slot on the Doordarshan National channel.

It will be an internet-based channel, which will be made available on any internet-enabled device.

It will be telecasted from Monday to Saturday from 5 pm to 6pm

It will offer live, scheduled play and video-on-demand services.

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Key Highlights

The two science communication platforms are national-level initiatives to elevate science into a celebration and bring it close to everyday life.

They will have science-based documentaries, studio-based discussions, and virtual walkthroughs of scientific institutions, interviews and short films and will be completely free to access.

The DST and DD aim to make them jewels in the crown of the country for serving humanity for the furtherance of science.

The channels have been conceived and supported by the DST and are being implemented and managed by Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation of DST.

For the same, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Vigyan Prasar and Doordarshan.

Significance

The two science channels, which are milestones in the history of science communication in India, are the first step in creating a national science channel for the country.

The two initiatives are building blocks towards realising the goal of India becoming one of the top three countries in science and technology by 2030.

While India Science will be available 24x7, DD Science may also be scaled up to a full-fledged channel in the future.

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