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Scientists march in Delhi against propagation of 'unscientific ideas'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Scientists marched in the national capital today against "concerted efforts by some interest groups" to undermine science and to send a message that the propagation of "unscientific ideas" should be stopped.

The 'March for Science' organised in was a part of a larger programme across the world to rally science supporters to defend the formation of evidence-based policy decisions.

The march began at Mandi House and concluded at Parliament Street. A similar march was organised by scientists last year.

"In concerted efforts by some interest groups to undermine science continue unabated. Unscientific and superstitious beliefs are being propagated at an accelerate rate," the organising committee behind the march said in an appeal.

The march comes in the backdrop of criticism by science supporters that more thrust was being given to claims made without enough validation. For instance, at the Indian Science in 2015, a claim was made that ancient had inter-planetary planes, the organising committee said.

The participants in the march demanded an increase in allocation of budget for education, research and technological advances in publicly-funded organisations.

In a statement, the committee said "unscientific, obscurantist ideas" should be discouraged and emphasis be given to develop a scientific temper among people.

It also demanded that the system be structured in a way that it imparts ideas that do not contradict scientific evidence.

"While most countries spend over 6 per cent of their GDP on and 3 per cent of their GDP on scientific and technological research, in India, the figures are below 3 per cent and 0.85 per cent respectively," the statement stated.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 00:25 IST