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CSIR’s Popular Science Magazine ‘Vigyan Pragati’ receives ‘Rajbhasha Kirti Award’

Newdelhi:17/9/22:CSIR’s popular science magazine “Vigyan Pragati” has created a new history. This magazine has received the National Rajbhasha Kirti Award (First position) and this award was given at the Second All India Rajbhasha Sammelan held during 14-15 September 2022 in the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Indoor Stadium, Surat. Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India organized this grand event which was witnessed by around 9000 audiences.

In the Surat Rajbhasha Sammelan, Director of CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR), Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal received this prestigious Kirti Award in the presence of Union Minister for Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat State, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel and Hon’ble Ministers of State, Ministry of Home Affairs Shri Ajay Kumar Mishra and Shri Nisith Pramanik graced the programme.

‘Vigyan Pragati’ (a popular science magazine in Hindi) is one of India’s best popular science magazines. It is popular among children, teachers, researchers, and the public across India as well as the world. Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) started publishing this magazine in 1952. It carries a legacy of seven decades and over these many years, the readers of this magazine have been motivated by its content. This monthly Hindi publication imparts knowledge of the recent national-international S&T-related developments, discoveries, inventions, and technological advancements in the form of articles, features, science fiction, science poetry, quiz, scientoon (science cartoons) and docudramas.

Vigyan Pragati aims at communicating S&T to the masses in simple language. The magazine’s contents aim at igniting curiosity about science among the young and striving to develop an interest in them to pursue science. Those engaged in preparation for various competitive examinations; use this magazine as an authentic source of information on science and technology.

Article 51 A[h] of the Indian Constitution put emphasis and says that it is every citizen’s fundamental duty to develop a scientific temper, the spirit of enquiry, humanism and reform. Science magazines play a vital role in communicating S&T to the common man and thereby developing scientific temper.

On this great occasion, Prof. Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research said that Rajbhasha National Kirti Award to ‘Vigyan Pragati’ is the honour of CSIR as well as all its readers, writers and editors.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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