Wednesday, 30 November 2005

Science Culture- Challenge for Developing Country

Science is an adventure of the whole human race. Creative, cumulative and ever evolving scientific knowledge and its application through innovation has resulted in products, processes and services benefiting the mankind. Science has given knowledge, the tools as well as methodologies for speeding up development creating new resources using new technology. Industrialists have made good use of scientific discoveries for social  benefit as well as for making money. The communication between scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, public and civil society  is sometimes  covered by mistrust, anxiety and confusion. That science should be a public knowledge, communicable, unambiguous and objective seem to be ignored. A gap has arisen between scientific pursuit and the public understanding of science through unnecessary complications. A broad understanding of the methods of science  and a general knowledge of some of the scientific endeavours by the nonscienists has been given a number of terms like scientific literacy, public understanding of science and so called science culture. The idea is to narrow the gap between the producer of scientific knowledge and its users. There is unequal spread of education in the developed and developing countries. The developed world has abolished illiteracy and incorporated science in basic education. On the other hand lack of proper science based education have has great social consequences for the developing countries in terms of poverty, productivity and other problems. The gap between the developed and developing countries in terms of scientific efforts, institutions, policy and planning need to be narrowed for ra betterespect, understanding