“The recently celebrated Makara Sankranti is not just a traditional festival in our country. It indicates a change in nature which tells us something about science. We need to understand how, in India, we have developed a kind of scientific awareness through festivals in society,” said national organising secretary, Vijnana Bharati, Jayantrao Sahasrabuddhe while speaking at the inaugural function of the fourth edition of the Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI). Sahasrabuddhe further said that in today’s modern world films are one of the best tools to propagate ideas to common man.
Also present on the occasion were president of Vidnyan Parishad Goa, Suhas Godse; CEO, Kineco-Kaman, Shekhar Sardessai; director, NIO and chairman of the organising committee, Sunil Kumar Singh; director, Vigyan Prasar (DST), Government of India, Nakul Parashar and Collector, North Goa and director, Science and Technology, Government of Goa, Levinson Martins.
Speaking at the inaugural chief guest Parashar emphasised on the virtue of experience, gaining feedback and seeking improvement during the course of research and innovation.
Godse said that education in science needs visual aids for greater clarity, and films have a great appeal and are effective in spreading a message.
Sardessai shared his belief of scientific temper being extremely important for individuals, the country and the world in order to make progress in the 21st century. “How to feed this world in 21st century is going to be the biggest challenge for science and technology,” he added.
Singh said that the basic concept of the festival is to spread awareness about science in the country as a whole and discuss the different types of science in India.
Secretary of SCI-FFI, Abhay Bhamaikar briefed the audience on the concept of the film fest along with this year’s success in covering 128 institutions, 125 of which are from Goa while three are from Maharashtra.
A science exhibition was also inaugurated as a part of the festival. The exhibition will be on view till January 19.
(The exhibition is being held at Old GMC building. It is open to all)