Jamia Millia Islamia’s Centre for Jawaharalal Nehru Studies and the government’s Department of Science and Technology on Wednesday started a two-day national conference on “Science in Society and Development: Nehru and Beyond”.

A variety of burning contemporary issues on the relationship between science, technology and society will be discussed and the frontier areas of research in this field will also be talked about.

The conference will host over 30 well-known scholars and activists who have been working in this field from across the country. Some of these experts are Prof. E. Haribabu (University of Hyderabad), educationist Prof. Anil Sadgopal, pioneering science activist and people science movement ideologue Dr. M.P. Parmeswaran (Kerala), retired scientist from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, national awardee science writer Prof. Syamal Chakravarty (Calcutta University), astrophysicist and science writer Prof. Sabyasaachi Chatterji (Bangalore), Dr. Gauhar Raza, editor Journal of Scientific Temper (Delhi), science educationist Prof. G. Nagarjuna (Mumbai), Prof. T. Jayaraman (TISS, Mumbai), IPR and science policy expert Prof. Dinesh Abrol (ISID and JNU Delhi), principal of Magadha College, Patna, Prof. Dolly Sinha, and several others.

It will also include several papers by young researchers and scholars from different academic centres of the country.

The conference will have 11 technical sessions covering all aspects like the Science and Modernity Debate, The Nuclear Debate, Agrarian Crisis and Science and Scientific Controversies in the Public Discourse and on Citizen and People’s Science. A compilation of abstracts and a CD of full papers has also been prepared for this conference.

Delhi University’s Zakir Husain College restaged the play, “Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein”, after receiving several requests. Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh was the chief guest and the play was well-attended.

The play was directed by Surendra Sharma, a well known theatre actor and director from the National School of Drama.

The play is a powerful drama that depicts the character and vision of Sant Kabir Das, a mystic poet and social reformer of the 16th century. It presents the religious orthodoxy, superstitions and state of oppression during Kabir’s time and his fearlessness and truth seeking temperament.

The college believes that in the face of communal flare ups taking place in the 21st century India, the relevance of a play on Kabir is more important than ever.

Jagannath Institute of Management organised its annual cultural festival, “Zest and Dandiya”, here on Tuesday. Meant to provide a common platform for students of the institute across the city to showcase their talents, the event saw the presentation of different cultural shows.

Around 200 students participated. The institute said the event was organised to promote coordination, team spirit, patience and understanding.

Improvement of organisation skills was also sought to be promoted through this event.

-Vijetha S.N