Ram Lal Anand College (RLA) at the University of Delhi will soon be launching a certificate course titled “Essential Skills in Science and Environmental Communication” for DU students. The course will be interdisciplinary and open to all students, regardless of the field, without “no registration or course fees”.
“There is a need for skilled science journalists and communicators in the country, who can relate science and environment facts and issues with the public in a common language through various media platforms. Efforts are being made to communicate science and the environment in all laboratories across the country, but lack of trained media personnel, development issues in science and environment do not reach the general public. The era of Covid has made a good case for the need for science media specialists trained in the country’s media, ”said Assistant Professor Shweta Arya of RLA, one of the course coordinators.
The course will be launched by the college’s journalism department in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organization of the Indian government’s science and technology department.
“This forty-hour course will be delivered online on weekends, due to the ongoing pandemic situation. The course will familiarize students with different aspects of science and the environment, the accompanying problems and the skills necessary to communicate effectively about them in everyday language. The course will cover thematic areas of science and the environment such as science, environment and communication, storytelling art and techniques, media production tools and techniques, with practical analysis based on the project. and presentation, ”Arya said.
“The aim of the course is to orient students towards the science and environmental communication skills needed to communicate about science initiatives, scientific breakthroughs, natural disasters, weather forecasting, climate change, pollution, health and environment, which require regular media attention in contemporary times. The scientific and environmental communication course program is designed and developed with the aim of training professionals in the field of scientific and environmental communication, scientific and environmental journalism (reporting and writing), filmmaking, public relations and related communication fields to bridge the gap between science and society to instill a scientific temper, ”she said.
Nakul Parashar, director of Vigyan Prasar, said science and environmental journalism was the need of the moment.
“Whether it is scientific research and development carried out in laboratories or ISRO space missions, water, pollution, natural disasters, energy, agriculture, weather, new technologies, machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc., science and environmental journalism is required everywhere. . To bring science to the local level, young people need to be trained. It is also included in the national scientific communication agenda. After completing this course, students will be able to familiarize themselves with the nuances of environmental science and communication and will be able to connect the development of science and the environment with the people of the country in a common language, ”a he declared.
Principal RLA Rakesh Kumar Gupta said it was a “holistic” course that fulfills one of the objectives of the national higher education education policy by making it an interdisciplinary course.
The course curriculum has been designed by leading industry experts and professionals including Prof. Govind Singh, Professor at IIMC, New Delhi; Teacher. DJ Pati, Director and Dean, India Today Media Institute, Noida, Dr Sameer Sahasarbudhe, Director, Educational Multimedia Research Center, Pune Shri Hasan Jawed Khan, Editor-in-Chief, Science Journalist and Chief Scientist, CSIR-NIScPR; Shri Santosh Pandey, Editor-in-Chief, India Science Wire, Vigyan Prasar; Dr Upendra Pandey, Senior Science Journalist; Dr. Dhananjay Chopra, Course Coordinator, Center for Media Studies, Allahabad University; Ms. Rishu Nigam, Environmental Communicator; Dr Navneet Anand, Senior Science Journalist, along with other prominent names in the field.
The course will be coordinated by a team of science communicators and media faculty which includes Shri Nimish Kapoor, Scientist and Head of the Publications Division, Vigyan Prasar and Professor Rakesh Kumar and Assistant Professor Shweta Arya from Ram Lal Anand College.