September 08, 2007

Indian Academy of Sciences: A Part of Indian Heritage

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Indian Academy of Sciences was founded by Noble Prize winner in Physics Dr. C. V. Raman in year 1934. As a student of history, I find the years 1922 to 1936 as a period of heightened Indian Nationalism. I understand that some of the scholars would frown at my comment. The years from 1922 to 1928 is generally identified as the years of subdued activities by the Indian National Congress. However, I have found that if you adopt only that angle to study the Indian period of nationalism, then you do injustice to the Bhartiyata. This was the period, which the people of Subaltern group had tried to study for tribal movements. Secondly, it was the period of ‘organized revolutionary’ movement well represented by Hindustan Socialist Revolutionary Party identified with people by Chander Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh etc. No doubt, those who adopted this period (1919 to 1947) as Gandhian Era, they rather identify it as the period of heightened communalism. Anyhow, here I am just making post to emphasis the availability of the website of Indian Academy of Sciences. The rest of the issues which I have touched upon, are the main themes on which I have discussed on this blog upto this day. May be, whereas I have called my blog as discussing the philosophy and methodology of History, HNN blog Cleopatra has included it in the list of Regional History.

Coming back to the site of Indian Academy of Sciences, it introduces itself as

"The Academy, founded in 1934, aims at promoting the progress and upholding the cause of science in pure and applied branches. Major activities include publication of scientific journals and special volumes, organizing meetings of the Fellowship and discussions on important topics, recognizing scientific talent, improvement of science education and taking up other issues of concern to the scientific community."

Further, it is not only for this, it is being mentioned here. It is mentioned here, as it is been said on the site itself that:

"The Academy's journals are 'open access' and full text is available as PDF files on each journal's website. See the Publications page for links to the journals and other Academy publications (including the newsletter Patrika, annual reports, and documents)."

No doubt, the open sources available on the site are related to General Science, however, the Current Sciences Journal has many articles related to Indian research scenario, education policy and such related issues.

1 comment:

  1. This is a very old institute with it's history dating back to 1934, upholding the cause of science. I was looking for some info and found it here. Thanks and Regards, Pankaj (Peter) Varma 91 9810000163 Gurgaon New Delhi India


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