DD Science, India Science channels launched

The Department of Science and Technology and public broadcaster Doordarshan on Tuesday launched two science channels-- DD Science and India Science, officials said.

Speaking at the launch of the free-to-air channels, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said developing a scientific temperament was a 'critical necessity' and the ultimate aim was to launch a 24/7 channel dedicated to science.

While DD Science is a one-hour slot on Doordarshan national channel, India Science is an Internet-based channel.

The Union minister stressed that there was no dearth of ideas, talent, and potential in the country.

Recalling the role played by Doordarshan, India's public service broadcaster, in the Pulse Polio campaign back in the 1990s, Harsh Vardhan said that the channel which reaches out to more than 92 per cent of India's population would be a very impactful medium for popularisation of science.

The minister expressed hope that in near future the country will see a 24*7 DD Science Channel.

"By 2030, we have to be in the top three countries in science and technology and such initiatives are building blocks towards that," minister said.

(with news agency inputs)