New Delhi: Scientists marched in the national capital on Sunday against "concerted efforts by some interest groups" to undermine science and to send a message that the propagation of "unscientific ideas" should be stopped.
Scientists march in Delhi
The 'March for Science' organised in Delhi was a part of a larger programme across the world to rally science supporters to defend the formation of evidence-based policy decisions. The march began at Mandi House and concluded at Parliament Street. A similar march was organised by scientists last year.
For instance, at the Indian Science Congress in 2015, a claim was made that ancient India had inter-planetary planes, the organising committee said. The participants in the Delhi march demanded an increase in allocation of budget for education, research and technological advances in publicly-funded organisations.
In a statement, the committee said "unscientific, obscurantist ideas" should be discouraged and emphasis be given to develop a scientific temper among people. It also demanded that the education system be structured in a way that it imparts ideas that do not contradict scientific evidence.
"While most countries spend over 6 per cent of their GDP on education and 3 per cent of their GDP on scientific and technological research, in India, the figures are below 3 per cent and 0.85 per cent respectively," the statement stated.