Slideshow | A cause for celebration: The “Village Gold” bio-product shop supported by the Bose Institute’s ST-Bio-Technology Programme – West Bengal

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“The goal is to prepare some model students in our villages, so that others will be inspired to follow them.” – Boro Baski in Long-term success of non-formal Adivasi school in West Bengal

The inauguration of our “Village Gold” bio-product shop took place on 6th February, 2016 in the presence of several dignitaries including Mr. Olaf Iversen (Consul General, Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata), Mr. Suban Roy Chowdhury and Prof. Gautam Chakraborty (Bose Institute, Kolkata).

The trainees demonstrated how some of the bio-products are made.

The special attractions of the ‘Village Gold’ shop are bio-products like Muringa biscuits and powder; pickle, jam and jelly from papaya; chilly, mustard and mushrooms; and also village handicrafts like brooms and art items made from low cost materials.

We thank Bose Institute for all their support.

Pintu Ghosh (Supervisor, ST-Bio-technology programme, Ghosaldanga) with Dr. Boro Baski & Team, Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust

Source and photo credit: Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust © 2016 by email 18-2-16

How physics and biology entwined in JC Bose’s search for the unity of all life on Earth
Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was a polymath: a physicist, biologist and early writer of science fiction. He pioneered the investigation of radio and microwave optics. He made significant contributions to plant science, designing ingenious devices to measure plant growth and responsiveness. He founded one of India’s oldest and most distinguished research institutes. During his life he was honoured at home and in Britain he was knighted for his achievements and made a Fellow of the Royal Society. So why, outside India and his native Bangladesh, is J C Bose not better known?

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Bose Institute was set up in 1917 by Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose (1858 – 1937), the founder of modern science in the Indian subcontinent. It is Asia’s first modern research centre devoted to interdisciplinary research and bears a century old tradition of research excellence. As outlined below, the scientific contributions of Acharya J.C. Bose in both physical and biological sciences are colossal. Even the most eminent of scientists would find it hard to match his strides, spanning various disciplines. Remarkably, these were realised under the colonial yoke amidst severe constraints and well-documented instances of racism. […]

Besides being a physicist par excellence, another remarkable contribution of J. C. Bose was that he was the first in the world to initiate interdisciplinary research by probing plants from the vantage point of physics – an integrated biophysical view of life that is in vogue. His studies on coherer led to the discovery of the common nature of the electric response to external stimuli by both living and inanimate objects. […]

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Dr. Boro Baski works for the community-based organisation Ghosaldanga Adibasi Seva Sangha in West Bengal. The NGO is supported by the German NGO Freundeskreis Ghosaldanga und Bishnubati. He was the first person from his village to go to college as well as the first to earn a PhD (in social work) at Viswa-Bharati. This university was founded by Rabindranath Tagore to foster integrated rural development with respect for cultural diversity. The cooperation he inspired helps local communities to improve agriculture, economical and environmental conditions locally, besides facilitating education and health care based on modern science.

He authored Santali translations of two major works by Rabindranath Tagore, the essay “Vidyasagar-Charit” and the drama Raktakarabi (English “Red Oleanders”), jointly published by the Asiatic Society & Sahitya Akademi (India’s National Academy of Letters) in 2020.

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