The findings of research should not be laid to rest in files, as the public has the right to know the benefits of research and its applications, said Forest, Environment and Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.
He was delivering the inaugural address at the national workshop on science journalism and science communication organised by the Directorate of Public Relations and Publications, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
“The knowledge available in textbooks has been around for over 25 years. This is why our research students often fail to make a mark at international level.
The conventional methods of education have to be changed.
Knowledge generated in universities should not be kept like a treasure, rather it should be used to revolutionise society. Journalists should come forward in this venture,” he said.Pro-Vice-Chancellor K Poulose Jacob, who presided over the function, said that both the positive and negative sides of the findings should be revealed in publications.
‘Sasthram Varunna Vazhikal’, edited by director of public relations and publications of Cusat S Anil Kumar, was released by the Minister by handing over a copy to Registrar in-charge K Sajan. State Science Journalism Award winner Anilkumar Vadavathoor and V Ajit Prabhu of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, were felicitated during the function.
K Girish Kumar of the Department of Applied Chemistry and workshop coordinator G Suresh Kumar also spoke at the event.
A documentary, ‘Magic of Bhoothathankettu’, directed by Dinil Kothamangalam, was also screened.