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  project name ~ Campaign for public viewing of A rare celestial event -- the Transit of Venus

category ~ education - adult

 
       

  

     

  Project Name

 

Campaign for public viewing of A rare celestial event -- the Transit of Venus

  NGO

 

Breakthrough Science Society

  Category

 

education - adult

  District

 

Midnapore

  State

 

West Bengal

  Budget Approved

 

$ 3540

 

  Year Approved

 

2004

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

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  Chapter Coordinators

 

 

College Park

 

  Caption

 

 

Using telescope to view ToV

 

  Summary

 

 

A rare celestial event -- the Transit of Venus -- occurred on the 8th of June 2004. The BSS launched a year-long campaign to enlighten the general public about this event so the they take interest in observing the event. Our organization produced 60,000 safe sun-filters by importing black polymer film, published 12,000 booklets and 100,000 leaflets for this purpose. On the day of the event more than a lakh people observed the event from the 152 observation centres conducted by the BSS in West Bengal and many other states. At present the people of West Bengal are facing an acute problem: arsenic pollution of groundwater. More than 3 million in nine districts have been affected. But state adminstration has shown complete indifference: there is no programme of systematic identification of contaminated tubewells; no facility of diagnosing arsenic patients; and the only facility of treatment is open for two hours per week. In this situation the BSS organizes mobile laboratories for on-spot detection of arsenic in water-samples from tubewells and publicly informs the people of the test-results. The results are declared in public meetings held in the evening where scientific advice is also given. Since 1995 12,485 samples have been tested by our volunteers

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

A rare celestial event -- the Transit of Venus -- occurred on the 8th of June 2004. The BSS launched a year-long campaign to enlighten the general public about this event so the they take interest in observing the event. Our organization produced 60,000 safe sun-filters by importing black polymer film, published 12,000 booklets and 100,000 leaflets for this purpose. On the day of the event more than a lakh people observed the event from the 152 observation centres conducted by the BSS in West Bengal and many other states. At present the people of West Bengal are facing an acute problem: arsenic pollution of groundwater. More than 3 million in nine districts have been affected. But state adminstration has shown complete indifference: there is no programme of systematic identification of contaminated tubewells; no facility of diagnosing arsenic patients; and the only facility of treatment is open for two hours per week. In this situation the BSS organizes mobile laboratories for on-spot detection of arsenic in water-samples from tubewells and publicly informs the people of the test-results. The results are declared in public meetings held in the evening where scientific advice is also given. Since 1995 12,485 samples have been tested by our volunteers.

 

  Goals

 

 

# To organize lectures, deliberations, debates, discussions, workshops, seminars, slide shows, nature studies, educational excursions, science camps, group study circles etc. # To organize science awareness programmes against superstitions, astrology etc. # To improve science education through hands-on experiments in order to foster inquisitive mind and create a love for science among school students. # To promote amateur astronomy. # To organize literacy programmes for the illiterate people with a view to building up scientific outlook among them. # To create awareness about health, hygiene and dangers of drug addiction. # To provide farmers with modern ideas and innovations in agriculture with the aim of protecting the environment. # To conduct field studies on environmental pollution. # To obstruct the drainage of untreated toxic waste products into the environment by the industries. # To organize campaign against the unplanned and uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources guided by profit motive. # To fight far-reaching and dangerous influence of the profiteer-controlled audio visual media and to fight the all-pervading influence of consumerism. # To highlight the life and struggle of scientists and humanists of the past.

 
 

  


 
 
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