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Initiative to develop India’s science programming

Science based TV documentaries and short films are to be collaboratively produced by the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and Vigyan Prasar, attendees of a five day workshop on science broadcasting in Pune have heard.

Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation under the Indian Government Department of Science and Technology, has a remit to popularise science and promote scientific thought.

"Right now, we are working out the modularities for this collaboration and check the feasibility, wherein we hope to regularly make science-based films by involving our students," Iftekhar Ahmed, dean of the FTII's television department told The Times of India.

The initiative, along with the workshop, hopes to create more developers, writers and producers of science-based content for television and radio broadcast in India.

"We also want to attract more and more mass communication teachers and film and television media students in science communication and science broadcasting, so that science reaches the common man easily and helps the masses to develop a scientific attitude," Nimish Kapoor, senior scientist from Vigyan Prasar told the newspaper.

The Pune workshop, organised by Vigyan Prasar, is part of a training series which began earlier this year. Participants include students, scientists and teachers from FTII and National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, Bangalore, Kochi and Baroda.

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