Gaining knowledge and transferring it to the next generation is the primary duty of every human being, litterateur C. Radhakrishnan has said.

Delivering the keynote address at the World Science Day programme organised at Regional Science Centre and Planetarium here on Wednesday, he said science would grow through corrections.

“The major difference between human beings and other animals is that the former does not have any inborn capabilities. A spider can make its web and a cuckoo can sing. Still, man is a superior creature as humans can be taught various tasks,” he said.

“It is up to man to use his knowledge wisely, without misusing it,” Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

“We have already destroyed earth. We have polluted the place. This is because our way of using science is not scientific enough. Ironically, we tend to seek the help of the same science to come out of this situation. All of us should take a pledge not to misuse science,” he said.

There was an interactive session where Mr. Radhakrishnan fielded questions from students.

An anti-superstition show and a drawing contest for differently abled students were also organised.

There was an Open House quiz for the public in the evening.