The December 2023 issue of Science Reporter is the last under my editorship. I retire from CSIR service on 30th November 2023. I have been with Science Reporter for more than 33 years — more than half my life’s journey. And have been fortunate to have been the editor of the magazine for almost 18 years.
This long professional journey with Science Reporter, a CSIR publication and among the longest-running popular science magazines in the country, has been truly memorable and enlightening. Working here offered opportunities of communicating, reporting, reviewing, critiquing, analysing and witnessing the progress and growth of Indian science at close quarters.
The mentorship and exhaustive training in the skills required in science writing, reporting and editing provided by Director Dr Bal Phondke and editor Mr Biman Basu under whom I learned the ropes is remembered with great gratitude. Of course, the camaraderie and competitive spirit infused by colleagues like Pallava Bagla & Kollegala Sharma, both renowned science communicators in their own right, can never be forgotten.
Science Reporter has always strived to impart among its readers awareness about scientific developments from around the world, apart from developing a scientific and rational attitude imbued with the sense of reasoning. The magazine has always been at the forefront of documenting the growth of Indian S&T, applauding the stellar achievements of the country’s scientists & scientific institutions, and collating opinions of experts, science administrators & policy makers on the way ahead in strategic areas of science & technology.
Since the early nineties when we introduced a feature called “India Can Do It” to the more recent special issues as part of the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, Science Reporter has documented India’s S&T progress in key areas — from border roads & bridge construction to shipbuilding; from defence equipment to aeronautics & space technology; from fertilisers and pharmaceuticals to chemicals, and much more.
Apart from knowledge-enhancing & fun columns such as Q&A, Point-Counterpoint, Curiosity Corner, Science Fiction & Cartoons, Quiz & Puzzles, we highlighted the work of S&T institutions, interviewed scientists & researchers, profiled India’s unsung scientists, reported S&T breakthroughs, covered natural disasters and also motivated a band of budding science writers.
The journey with Science Reporter, the most widely circulated popular science magazine in the country, has been professionally fulfilling and truly enlightening. One wishes for the magazine to chart new horizons and keep up its avowed objective of making the citizens of the country scientifically enlightened in the years to come…read more on NOPR