Shyam Benegal favours dedicated science & tech TV channel to promote scientific temper

NEW DELHI: Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal has stressed the need for a 24-hour dedicated science & technology television channel to promote scientific temper in the country. 

Addressing a press conference about the upcoming National Science Film Festival at the Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai, Benegal said,  ?A dedicated TV channel will go a long way in helping spread scientific temper and rational thinking among the citizens.?

He said such a channel is the need of the hour to highlight issues on science, technology, environment, health and hygiene among other things.

?A 24 hour S&T TV channel will be a fitting tribute to late Narendra Dabhgolkar who laid down his life in the pursuit of spreading scientific temper and creating a rational society,? Benegal added.

Benegal complimented the Nehru Science Centre and Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous body under the Science and Technology Ministry for joining hands to organise the 6th National Science Film Festival in Mumbai from 9 to 13 February. 

He said 45 films have been shortlisted to be screened during the festival. ?The jury was pleasantly surprised to see quality films that have been made by professionals and school students. Most of the films, some from remote areas of the country, touch upon the local issues of environment, livelihoods, health and local innovation,? he said. 

The winning films will be honoured with the Silver Beaver Awards and cash prizes. 

Benegal is the chairperson of the National Jury. The other members of the jury include senior writer and art director Shama Zaidi; film editor Aseem Sinha; Prof. Iftekhar Ahmad, who is the director of AJK MCRC, New Delhi; Prasar Bharati Additional Director General Aparna Vaish; Dr Sabyasachi Bhattacharya who is a professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research; film historian and curator Amrit Gangar; filmmaker Aruna Raje Patil, filmmaker and environmentalist Anil P. Joshi.

Professional workshops on science film making will also be organised during NSFF 2016 in which renowned science film makers will share their experience with the participants. Film enthusiast can participate in the workshop by filling up an online application form at

Latest Reads
MIB proposes to change mandatory sports feed sharing norms

In what could have far reaching effects on the financial viability of sports TV channels or streaming platforms, which acquire exlcusive rights for sporting events for the India region spending billions of dollars.

Regulators I&B Ministry
TDSAT asks SPN, Tata Sky to reach an agreement in 4 weeks

The Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has heard the case on the recent commercial dispute between Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Tata Sky on a failed negotiation. TDSAT heard the case on 11 October and advised the parties to take four weeks to try and reach a mutually...

Regulators TDSAT
Star India vs TRAI: Arguments conclude, SC likely to deliver verdict after Dussehra

Arguments in case relating to TRAI and Star India ended today in the Supreme Court.

Regulators Supreme Court
DoT to inquire TRAI about 28 GHz band for 5G service

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to initiate talks for new bands to support 5G services in the country. The DoT will soon start discussing with the telecom regulator TRAI for 28GHz band for 5G commercial deployments. As per Economic Times, the DoT will also analyse pricing...

Regulators TRAI
TRAI to be renamed as DCRAI

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s name has been rechristened. From now, it will be called as the Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India (DCRAI).

Regulators TRAI
TRAI vs. Star India case: next SC hearing on September 25

The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing of Star India’s petition against TRAI tariff and inter-connect order to 25 September 2018.

Regulators Supreme Court
Trai vs. Star case: next SC hearing on Sept. 18

The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing of Star India’s petition against TRAI tariff and inter-connect order to 18 September 2018

Regulators Supreme Court
MIB orders CVR Health to go off air for code violation

A health channel named CVR Health had telecast a show named ‘healthy nights’ in 2016 that was considered unsuitable for the television audience for which it was asked to go off air for three days with effect from 8-11 September 2018.

Regulators I&B Ministry
SC adjourns Star India's petition on TRAI tariff order to 13 September

The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing of Star India’s petition against TRAI tariff and inter-connect order to 13 September 2018.

Regulators Supreme Court

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories