New DD series to highlight contribution of Indian women scientists

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan is commencing a unique television series on trend-making women scientists which will commence from 20 July on DD Bharati.

To be telecast at 8.30 am every Saturday, ‘Scientifically Yours’ is a 13-episode series, which will have interactive discussion and series on a section of society that has not been sufficiently covered in the country.

The programme has been produced by Vigyan Prasar in collaboration with National Institute for Science communication and resources (NISCAIR).

 This is an effort to bring the living women legends in science on to the centre stage with their achievements and contributions and communicate to the youth of the country.

This may help in creating role models for students and researchers especially for girl students and motivate them in pursuing careers in science and technology.

Women scientists have been identified from various fields of research such as Physical Sciences, Biological sciences, Chemical sciences, Immunology, Agriculture etc.

The eminent scientists being covered include Dr Indira Nath, a pioneer in the field of medical sciences who made major contributions and worked for Leprosy; eminent physicist Dr Bimla Butti who worked in the field of Plasma Physics from Physical Research Laboratory; renowned biotechnologist Dr Manju Sharma from the Department of Biotechnology of the Government; renowned scientist Dr Vibha Tandon working in the field of Medicinal Chemistry at Jawaharlal Nehru University; and eminent scientist Dr Sunita Saxena from the Indian Council for Medical Research who works in the field of Pathology.

The others who would feature in the show include Dr Kasturi Datta who is pioneer in Cellular and Molecular Biology and worked in JNU; profound endocrinologist and Indian Institute of Immunology Director Dr Chandrima Shaha; Quantum physicist Dr Rupamanjari Ghosh and Dr Rupamanjari Ghosh from JNU and Honorary Scientist Dr Renu Khanna Chopra from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute who has worked on Photosynthesis in relation to crop productivity, mechanism of Heterosis and Drought resistance in crop plant.

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