The Karnataka Rajya Vignana Parishat, Bangalore, will organise a Karnataka Cluster Level five-day workshop on Development of Scientific Temper and Demystification of Miracles in the city from Monday.

While entry will be free for observers, participation in the workshop itself will be limited to three persons per district, said Narendra Nayak, president of the Federation of Indian Rationalists’ Association.

“We need to have a nation-wide policy on eradication of blind faith and superstition. Maharashtra has it, Orissa has been directed to form it, while Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has concurred the need for such a law…The country needs scientific temper,” he said.

The meeting would also be a tribute to Narendra Dhabolkar, who was “martyred” for championing a law against superstitions, he said.

Three trainees from clusters in 12 districts of the state will assemble there for interactive training on methods of creating awareness among people by a scientific deconstruction of various so-called miracles (superstitious healing of diseases, walking on fire, among others). Training will include effective communication, leadership and rational thinking, Mr. Nayak said.

The workshop, organised by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) and the Department of Science and Technology, will be held at ISD-CODP, Nantoor between September 23 and 27. The event is expected to be inaugurated by Minister for Health and Family Welfare U.T. Khader, while MLA J.R. Lobo will preside over the event.

Participation in the workshop will be limited to three persons per district