Sunday, March 4, 2012

Department of S&T, launched, Science@mobile

Vigyan Prasar celebrates National Science Day; launches mobile alert
service to inculcate interest in science

There could have been no better way to celebrate the National Science
Day on February 28 than launching a mobile alert service to promote
and propagate scientific and rational outlook. Vigyan Prasar, an
autonomous body under the Department of Science and Technology,
launched the service, Science@mobile, in collaboration with the Indira
Gandhi Open National University (IGNOU).

Speaking at the launch at National Science Centre in New Delhi, O P
Sharma, deputy director with IGNOU and project coordinator of
Science@mobile, said scientific literacy is as important as reading
and writing, and mobile phones are the best way to achieve it. Under
the project, subscribers can receive daily or weekly alerts on
scientific breakthroughs as well as science lectures and seminars,
articles on latest scientific research and achievements, interesting
facts on inventions, astronomy, space, planets, environment and
health, quotes by scientists, humours related to experiments, tips for
an environment-friendly life, a free guide to live a healthy life and
biographies of national and international scientists.

Sharma said alerts will be sent out in three categories based on the
level of scientific literacy of the subscribers: one, alerts for the
layman; two, non-scientific population interested in science; and
three, scientists and others associated with scientific activities. To
subscribe to the alerts, one can either send an SMS to 09923051616
with SCIMBL in the subjectline, or visit to register.

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