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NCERT meet reduces science to a joke

BHOPAL: Forget an apple an afternoon, it’s ‘Namaste’ that assists in keeping disease away. This and different extraordinary claims had been made at a conference on ‘Emerging Trends and Innovation in School Sciences’ on the NCERT-run Regional Institute of Education (RIE) in Bhopal on Wednesday.

Some speakers mentioned that sindoor “helps in balancing blood power” and going around a Tulsi plant has a “cooling impact” as many within the target audience stared in disbelief.

The clinical fraternity is outraged and says papers that haven't any clinical basis should now not be allowed at the sort of conference. Research students and scientists will protest on the conference venue at RIE on Thursday.

Several scientists had cautioned RIE in opposition to permitting such papers. “We had sent e-mails to the principal of RIE, N Pradhan, pronouncing that submission of such pseudoscientific papers should now not be allowed. Shockingly, as a substitute of forestalling such papers, the organisers discussed several topics that haven't any clinical base,” professor Soumitro Banerjee of Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (Kolkata) told TOI.

Dr Ankit Sule from Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education had also objected to several topics slated for discussion. “On the primary day, the conference had two parallel classes on ‘Ancient Scientific Knowledge in Recent Perspectives’. According to those present at those classes and notes taken through persons within the target audience, several speakers made various questionable claims,” mentioned Dr Sule.

When NewsTread contacted RIE principal N Pradhan, he mentioned: “It's not that i am a scientist and I will be able to’t remark at the papers introduced within the conference.”

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