Lok Vigyan Parishad (लोक विज्ञान परिषद ) is a voluntary organization set up in 1984 aiming at popularizing science and technology in the society and making people innovative & research oriented. Parishad has been working towards developing scientific attitude among the people by organizing various kinds of activities and programmes in Hindi and other Indian Languages. In order to popularize science and technology in the society, Parishad publishes popular science books, newsletters and magazine.
Objectives of the Parishad
The basic objectives of the Lok Vigyan Parishad are as following
to popularize science and technology in the society and to inculcate scientific temper among the people by way of increasing the knowledge, awareness and interest on the issues related to science, technology, environment, natural resource conservations, education, human values, Indian cultural heritage, health, hygiene, immunization, AIDS, family welfare, human rights, consumer protection, gender inequity, and child labour, etc;
to make use of the technological developments for advancement and popularization of education, science, environment and health etc.
to identify, recognize and nurture the grass root level innovations, ideation and creativity among the people in the society and to promote the appropriate technology for rural prosperity,
to work for upliftment and empowerment of youth especially the women and the socio-economically poor and disadvantaged people of society, by organizing various skill development and vocational training programmes,
to collect and disseminate the appropriate information on educational, scientific and technological advancements through various print and non-print media including audio-video programmes, websites, blogs, newsletters, magazines, journals or any other information bulletins of the society,
to set up Resource Centres, science labs, libraries, reading rooms, museums, science & art galleries, Vigyan Chetna Kendra, Science Clubs, Eco-clubs etc. at community level or in the schools / institutes/NGOs and to set up Regional/state level centres of the Parishad for supporting and coordinating the activities at Regional and local level.
to provide support /consultancy to the individual as well as the organizations/institutions both national and international in the thrust areas of the society.
to organize seminars/ conferences/ workshops/ training & orientation programmes on different themes of common interest to attain the aims and objectives of the society.
to initiate suitable activities to achieve the objectives of society by collaborating with the industry, institutions, individuals and other agencies.
to conduct and promote research activities in the field of science education, science communication, environment & health awareness, agriculture, rural development, urban development, Information technology, and other disciplines on different subjects relating to literature etc.
to take up any other necessary action which is conducive or incidental to the attainment of the aims and objective of the "Lok Vigyan Parishad"
The Lok Vigyan Parishad works mainly in the following Thrust Areas to achieve it objectives:
Development of Resource Material: Quality resource material print as well as non-print including audio-video programmes both for general public and the science communicators is the primary requirement. Lok Vigyan Parishad will develop all kinds of resource material required for achieving the objectives of the Parishad. The overall aim of LVP is to develop into an excellent resource centre with all kinds of information like printed, electronic and visual in almost all fields of science & technology useful for general public. It will create web resources including portals, blogs, eNews Letters, e-Journals etc. for co-creation and dissemination of knowledge for science popularization
Capacity Building: There is a growing interest amongst individuals, NGO professionals, students and others towards science and technology communication and they need proper training & orientation. With this in mind, Lok Vigyan Parishad organizes capacity building programmes, training workshops so as to develop a cadre of trained science communicators, popular science writers, and science activists.
Networking and Dissemination: Inculcating
scientific temper among the people by way of increasing the knowledge,
awareness and interest on the issues related to science, technology,
health and environment etc.
Research and Analysis : Research at LVP often consists of in-depth learning about
various issues and problems related to science, health &
environment, science education, scientific attitude, and then
finding answers in accordance with the objectives of the Parishad.
One of the thrust areas of the Parishad is to suggest policy
level interventions to the government for more effective science
communication, based on the grass root level feedback and
research findings. It also aims at working as a watchdog for
effective and timely implementation of the schemes.