By Pallava Bagla, V. V. Binoy
This first-of-a-kind quantity offers a image of latest technology conversation coverage and perform in India throughout varied S&T sectors, and gives strategies to development potent communique. It offers an figuring out on easy methods to stay away from societal clashes in occasions while technology meets the general public in those sectors. The editors and members argue that powerful S&T verbal exchange leads not just to a extra expert public but in addition merits learn itself, and in a altering society like India this can be a the most important aspect with regards to strong governance and coverage making. during this quantity, skilled masters of the craft offer functional ideas to creating S&T verbal exchange more beneficial in an unlimited democracy like India, which has complicated concerns with regards to literacy degrees, diversified languages, various political will, succeed in, and assets. via, discussions on instances of constructing info modules for the general public on the net, tv and radio, social media, in addition to conventional methods of outreach like people’s technology routine, preserving renowned technology occasions, and festivals, the amount presents hugely important instructions on how constructing nations with low assets and intricate populations can converse S&T examine to the general public and bridge conversation gaps.
This quantity will curiosity researchers from technological know-how, social technological know-how, mass conversation and public kin departments, newshounds, in addition to practitioners and coverage makers from govt and non-government associations interested in S&T coverage, perform and verbal exchange and those that are looking to comprehend the advanced S&T panorama of India.
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Bridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology: Lessons from India by Pallava Bagla, V. V. Binoy