Introduction: The World Science Day programme at Kannur Salafi B.Ed. College, convened by the Science Club, witnessed an enlightening session with Dr. Manoj Komath, Scientist ‘G’ & Scientist-in-Charge at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum. The event was conducted virtually, with the resource person joining the participants via Google Meet, while the faculty and staff assembled in the conference hall of the college.
Keynote Address by Dr. Manoj Komath: Dr. Manoj Komath delivered a thought-provoking keynote address that delved into the past, present, and future contributions of science. Dr.Manoj Komath Sir gave us light on how a parasite from black flies affected remote African villages leading them to complete blindness and poverty cycle. He presented the studies on their situation, attempts of Sir John Wilson and Lady Wilson leading to the case study helping William Campbell to develop Ivermectin,the life-changing medicine for the African villagers. It led to the growth of the drug company MERCK. Even today, MECTIZAN is a core vaccine used in veterinary application. The narrative not only showcased the triumphs of science but also underscored the critical role it plays in improving human lives.
Highlights and Contributions of Science:
- Historical Perspectives: Dr. Komath emphasized the historical significance of scientific discoveries, tracing their impact on society and human progress. From the scientific revolution to contemporary breakthroughs, he showcased the transformative power of science.
- Contemporary Relevance: The keynote address shed light on the current relevance of science in addressing pressing global issues. Dr. Komath discussed ongoing scientific endeavors that hold promise for the betterment of humanity, encouraging the audience to stay abreast of the latest developments.
- Future Imperatives: Looking ahead, Dr. Komath outlined the future challenges that science must confront. He underscored the need for innovation and collaboration to tackle emerging issues, such as climate change, healthcare disparities, and technological advancements.
Importance of Science Education: A significant portion of the keynote address was dedicated to the pivotal role of science educators. Dr. Komath stressed the importance of nurturing a scientifically inclined mindset among students. He highlighted the need for science teachers who not only possess sound subject knowledge but can also inspire curiosity and passion for scientific inquiry.
Key Takeaways and Reflections:
- Science as a Catalyst for Progress: The event reinforced the understanding that science is a driving force behind societal progress. Dr. Komath’s narrative vividly illustrated how scientific endeavors can directly impact and improve the lives of individuals and communities.
- Educator’s Role in Shaping Scientific Temper: The address prompted reflection on the role of educators in shaping the scientific temperament of students. It underscored the responsibility of teachers to foster an environment that encourages questioning, exploration, and critical thinking.
- Virtual Collaboration: The successful execution of the programme on a virtual platform highlighted the potential of technology for facilitating knowledge exchange and collaboration, particularly in the field of science education.
Conclusion:The journey of science was not confined to finding the cause and remedy for a critical condition,but also, to get the trust of people who are neck- deep in superstition and indegenous medical practices. The session provided a platform for insightful discussions on the past, present and future of science.It was utilised to discuss on science and superstitions too. As a whole, it was helpful to understand the depth of impact science has in our lives. The emphasis on the role of science educators in instilling a scientific temper among students resonated with the participants, serving as a catalyst for continued efforts in science education and exploration.