State level workshop on science popularisation concludes
MADURAI: Two short films in Tamil produced with college students as artistes were released at a function held at the Yadava College here on Sunday. The films- “Puthiya Jathagam” and “Paarvai” were produced on issues of HIV/AIDS and environment respectively during the State level workshop on science popularisation through digital media organised by the college from December 10 to 16.
Nearly 70 students from various colleges and universities took part in the workshop that was sponsored by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) in the Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi.
L. Kannan, Vice-Chancellor of Tiruvalluvar University, Vellore, released the video and audio cassettes at the valedictory function and presented the first copies to K.P. Navaneetha Krishnan, industrialist and former treasurer of Yadava College. Addressing the students, Prof. Kannan said that the two themes chosen for short films were very relevant and carried important message to the society.
While the short film ‘Puthiya Jathagam’ said that a HIV/AIDS test should be made mandatory at the time of marriage, the other cassette conveyed a message that every citizen should play his or her role in protecting environment and cleanliness and not just confine to speeches or rallies.
Mr. Navaneetha Krishnan, in his special address, pointed out that a country’s progress depends on the development of science and a good initiative was taken through this workshop to take science to rural areas.
According to P.S. Navaraj, college faculty and principal coordinator of the workshop, the next process on the short films is to give sub-titles in English and send them to the Ministry so that there would be better reach to the students’ efforts.
He thanked former professor, V.M. Shajahan, who directed the short film and S. Vijayakumar who assisted in the making of the students’ film. P. Rengan, college Principal, and C. Narayanan, ex-committee member of Yadava College, were among those who spoke.