Science Promotion/Popularisation
Amateur Radio (HAM) popularisation
Amateur radio, popularly known as HAM radio, is a high-tech hobby.

HAM operators use two-way radio stations to chat with their friends around the world. They can also use satellites and exchange pictures using television. There are HAM-astronauts who take radios with them on space shuttle missions and thrill thousands of HAMs on earth with a call from space.

HAM radio demonstration

Children at a HAM radio demonstration
As it is a wireless communication, it can be used for maintaining a vital communication network during natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, snow avalanches etc..
HAM radio has special importance for a state like Himachal Pradesh which not only falls in the seismic zone IV & V, but also has tribal areas like Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi and Dodra Kawar which remain cut off during to heavy snow for greater part of the year.
Any one above the age of 18 years can become a HAM radio operator after passing an examination conducted by Ministry of Telecommunication, GOI. A licensed HAM radio operator is eligible to operate radio equipments in frequency ranges HF/VHF/UHF/ Satellite.
The Council has organised a number of awareness and training programmes for HAM operators and there are about 30 trained HAM radio operators in H.P. The Council is planning to set up a HAM radio base station with linkages with HAM radio clubs in every district. The Council will train HAM radio operators in remote areas whose services could be utilized during natural disasters when normal channels of communication break down.
Science Days Celebration

The Council celebrates a number/important days to focus attention on important scientific aspects:

  1. International Wetland day (2nd Feb)
  2. National Science day (28th Feb)
  3. Earth day (22nd April)
  4. National Technology day (11th May)
  5. International Sun day (3rd May)
  6. World No Smoking day (30th May)
  7. World Environment day (5th June)
  8. Ozone Preservation day(16th Sep)

Popularisation of Science through Non Governmental Organisations

The Council provides assistance to NGOs in:

  1. Identification of science & technology issues
  2. Project formulation
  3. Linkage with funding agencies
  4. Involving in science environment awareness & demonstration of technologies

Science Communication Programmes

The Council organises workshops and seminars to popularise science writing and journalism through all the means of media i.e. by newspapers, graphics and video films.

Nodal Officer:

Dr. Aparna Sharma, Sr. Scientific Officer

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