GUWAHATI, March 7 � In a pioneering initiative, the students and faculty of Mass Communication and Journalism of Cotton College have joined hands to produce four radio dramas to spread knowledge related to science, technology and environment. All the plays will be broadcast from the FM channel of All India Radio, Guwahati, and from AIR Dibrugarh from March 13 to 16.
The plays Seuji Dharani Mor, Etop Etop Kori, Moi Louise and Jonakoir Jatra are of 20 minutes duration each and have been scripted by Dr Dinesh Goswami, Utpal Dutta, Abhijit Borthakur and Prabal Sharma respectively.
Revealing this at a press conference today, Bharati Bharali of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, said that the dramas have been conceived and produced with the intent to bring science and scientific temper close to the masses. �The radio is a powerful media, and in NE India it caters to the largest audience, which includes illiterates and people in remote areas,� she remarked.
Giving brief accounts of the plays, she revealed that Seuji Dharani Mor is an attempt to highlight the threats to forests and diverse lives they support. Drawing inspiration from the Chipko Movement, it underlines the importance of forests and the need for human action towards their conservation.
Etop Etop Kori deals with the immense value of water, and optimal use of the precious resource. Various methods of conserving water and the role the young generation can play feature in the play.
The misconceptions and doubts over test tube babies are sought to be dispelled by Moi Louise, in which the significant development in medical science is also shown connected with emotions and feelings of characters.
Jonakir Jatra is a novel attempt to confront the bias and prejudices which continue in society. Spreading the light of knowledge and ushering in scientific temper could improve the situation for humanity at large.
The plays were made possible by financial support of National Council for Science and Technology Communication, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Dinesh Das, Director AIR, Guwahati appreciated the efforts of the students and faculty of Entrepreneurship Development Cell, adding that AIR produces radio programmes to spread science and technology among its audience. He also referred to one of the longest running science programmes in AIR that succeeded in spreading authentic information to a sizeable number of people.
Today�s meet also saw a brief introduction to Sampark, a new tool in the Cotton College website meant exclusively for alumni of the college. A large number of past students from outside the State have already registered, but not many from Assam have logged in. According to those managing the website, the personal information required for submission will be stored in a secure server.