Welcome to Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha

Science popularization was not a totally new concept to the people of West Bengal in 1986 when Paschim Banga Vigyam Mancha (PBVM) started function. The doyens of our renaissance were involved in this social reform work even in early nineteenth century. The only difference is that PBVM initiated an organized People's Science Movement.

More than three decade has passed since its inception and now no one will deny that PBVM is a name in this field of science popularization not in West Bengal but also in India.

PBVM is the largest people science organization in India with membership exceeding 3.42 lakhs. In the twenty two Districts of West Bengal, most of the Blocks of the State, in the research Institutes and Universities have their respective units/committees of Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha. Millions of people of West Bengal are very much familiar with the name PBVM because of its sustained various type of activities which relates with all walks of life.

PBVM has been awarded National Award for best effort in Science Popularization in India during the period 1985-89, by the Department. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

  • To make the people conscious about the utilization of natural resources for the interest of the society.
  • To inspire about the uses of Science & Technology in daily life.
  • To develop the awareness of the people about environment, Public health etc. To educate the people about the harmful effects of different products which are produced or made by the monopoly capitalist of our country and abroad, specially by Multinational Corporation.
  • To encourage innovative, fundamental, scientific research and developments.
  • To continue the struggle for scientific education in mother tongue.
  • To launch movement against fundamentalism, superstition and unscientific ideas.
  • To oppose the implementation of any technology that is against the interest of society.
  • To create movement for peoples oriented science and technology policies.
  • To publish popular science magazine, science related books, monographs, pamphlets, etc regularly.
  • To take necessary program against the use of science and technology in war to destroy the human civilization.
  • To implement the projects and programs for the attainment of self-reliance of the country and to help reach its benefits to the people.

Upcoming Events

20Sep2019

Global Climate Strike

We are aware, changing climate due to global warming is a major threat before us. Average global temperature has already increased by one degree Celsius compared to pre-industrial time and in a business as usual scenario will rise 1.5 degree Centigrade in between 2030 and 2052. As one understands this would endanger the entire life system on the planet.

In August, 2018 Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old Swedish school student along with her fellow school mates demonstrated outside the Swedish parliament holding up a sign calling for Bold Climate Action. After successful organization of worldwide student strike for climate in May this year, Greta and her friends have given a clarion call for “Climate Strike” during 20-27 September, 2019 around the Globe urging all the Nations for adopting appropriate actions to combat Global Warming.

Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha, the largest people’s science organization in India, supports this global “Climate Strike” and makes an appeal to all for organizing programme in support of the strike. Many scientists, environment activists and several other organizations of 155 Countries all over the world have already supported and pledged to participate in the global “Climate Strike”.

Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha makes an appeal to all to organize Rally, demonstration programme in front of respective institution/workplace on 20th September, 2019 in support of “Climate Strike” and to spread awareness in support of climate action.

27Sep2019

Celebration of 30th year of ‘E Juger Kishor Vigyani’
Seminar talk on astronomy by Prof. J V Narlikar

We are very glad to announce that reputed astrophysicists and legendary scientist, Prof. Jayanta Vishnu Narlikar will talk on ‘Why Study Astronomy?’ on the occasion of 30th year celebration of ‘E Juger Kishor Vigyani’, the popular children science journal published by Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha, on 27th September, 2019, 11am at Vivekananda Hall, Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata. Noted mathematician Prof. Mangala Narlikar will also be present in the programme as guest of honour.

Writers, readers, well wishers, science activists are cordially invited

Recent News

12Jun2019

Successful intervention by PBVM to stop large scale tree felling at Swarupnagar, North 24 Pgns.

DFO, North 24 Pgns ultimately issued a notice to stop further cutting of the trees at Sankdaha village of Saguna gram panchayet under Swarupnagar block, North 24 Pgns after agitation and deputation to DFO, BDO, Chair-person, Swarupnagar panchyet samiti and OC, Swarupnagar PS on 12th June by PBVM North 24 pgns district committee against the large scale tree felling at Saguna gram panchayet.

Photographs

05Jun2019

OBSERVATION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

5th June was observed as World Environment Day by Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha, throughout the state in every district and in most of the Vigyan Kendras with multi various activities. The theme of WED for this year was ‘Beat Air Pollution’. In 22 districts more than 150 programme were organized.

Photographs

26May2019

Environment Workshop

A state level workshop on environment was organized by PBVM on 26 May, 2019 at Sankar Chakraborty Sabha Ghar (PBVM State Office) between 10.30 am and 5.00 am. 112 organisers/activists from 22 districts participated. In the Inaugural session Prof. T. Jayaraman of Tata Institute of Social Sciences gave the key note address on ‘Climate change with special emphasis on IPCC special report (October, 2018), Role of PSM’. The session was started by welcome address by GS, PBVM and was presided over by Prof. Satyajit Chakrabarti, Working President, PBVM. Future work plan on environment was placed by Sourav Chakraborty, Convener, Environment Subcommittee in the 2nd session which was chaired by Tapan Saha, Vice president, PBVM. After discussion of the delegates in the concluding session General Secretary, working president, Convener of Environment Subcommittee, Dr. Tapan Mishra (Vice president) and Prof. T. Jayaraman made some point on action programme. The workshop was ended with vote of thanks.

Photographs of Environment Workshop

Environment Workshop – PBVM

Prof. T. Jayaraman’ s Speech on Climate Change

Programme schedule

11May2019

Condolence meeting for Prof. Debkumar Basu

Prof. Debkumar Basu, eminent economist, specialist in statistics, founder working president of Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha passed away on 20 April, 2019. A condolence meeting was organized jointly by PBVM and FOSET on 11 May 2019 at seminar hall, PBVM state office. Many scientists, eminent personalities and science activists gathered to pay homage to Prof. Debkumar Basu.

Prof. Dilip Kumar Basu, Prof. Subimal Sen, Prof. Satyajit Chakrabarti, Prof. Hemanta Kumar Majumder, Pro. Atish Dasgupta, Pfof. Siddhartha Dutta, Dr. Tarasankar Bandopadhyay, Dr. Santipada Gonchowdhury, Prof. Ishita Mukherjee, Srimati Maya Mitra, Sri Sridip Bhattacharya, Prof. Shymal Chakraborty recollected their memories with Prof. Debkumar Basu and advocate for building scientific temper and for reaching the benefits of science & technology among the common people. Pradip Mahapatra, GS, PBVM read out the condolence message (attached with some photographs).

Photographs of Condolence Meeting | Condolence Message

04May2019

Global March for Science 2019

Global March for Science was organised worldwide on 4 May 2019 to protect our earth from the threat of environmental pollution & war, to stop the attacks on science and to inculcate scientific temperament among the people, for implementation of equitable and evidence based govt. policies, to increase the budget allocation on science education & research for the development of the country and to protect secularism & pluralistic cultural heritage of our country.

Like previous years, Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha organised central rallies on Global March for Science in Siliguri and Malda on 4 May 2019 simultaneously. Siliguri rally was started at 4pm from Rabindra statue, Bagha Jatin park, Siliguri and ended at Air View More, Siliguri. Malda rally was started at 4pm from Atul Market, Malda Town. Both the rallies were successfully organized by the participation of activists from different organizations, college & school students, scientists & science activists and people from all walks of life. Kolkata Rally was postponed due to the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm, Fani.

Photographs of Siliguri rally | Photographs of Malda rally

21Apr2019

Save Ganga Programme

Token fasting and sit in demonstration programme to save Ganga was organised by PBVM on 21st April from 9am to 5pm at Mahotsabtala Ghat, Panihati, North 24 Paganas. Nearly 150 science activists from various districts participated in the day long fasting progamme on the following denads 1. Make Ganga free from pollution, 2. Water flow of the river to be increased and flow should be without any hindrance. Other organisations like Paribesh Bandhab Mancha, Barakpore, Nadi Bachao Jiban Bachao Committee, Punarnaba, Sabuj Mancha and Individual environmental activists were also took part in the programme. Speechs, songs, recitations, choreography were the components of the programme. From the programme PBVM expressed solidarity to Atmabodhananda’s fasting for the same issue at Haidwar from October, 2018. Some photographs are attached herewith.

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