GUEST OF HONOUR
Dr. Manoj Kumar Patairiya
Director | CSIR-NISCAIR
Dr. Manoj Kumar Patairiya has joined as Director of the CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources (CSIR-NISCAIR), New Delhi. In his earlier assignment, Dr. Patairiya was the Additional Director General, Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan/All India Radio), where he was responsible for setting up the Kisan TV Channel to realize the vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. He also served as the Channel Head of DD Kisan Channel.
A well accomplished scientist and science communicator, Dr. Patairiya has served as Adviser/Scientist 'G' in the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, prior to his assignment in Prasar Bharati.Trained in multidisciplinary perspectives in science, technology, innovation and humanities, Dr. Patairiya holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. in biosciences, M.Sc-Tech. in Science & Technology Communication, M.B.A. in Human Resource Development, and Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication. He studied Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Harvard University, USA
Dr. Patairiya is decorated with prestigious national and international awards including Global Science Popularization Award by Centre for Global Studies, Houston, USA; Indira Gandhi National Award by Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr. Atmaram Award by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Bhartendu Harischandra National Award by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Chaudhary Charan Singh National Award by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, and Dr. B.C. Deb Award by Indian Science Congress, etc. Many of these awards were conferred on him by the then Presidents of India Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Mrs. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, and Vice President of India Shri Bhairon Singh Sekhavat including a recent one by present President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr. Patairiya has been interested in research and innovation and has two Indian Patents to his credit besides developing several gadgets, prototypes and educational aids. He has conceptualized and undertaken a number of research and development projects in collaboration with R&D institutions, universities and other government, non-government and international institutions. He has conducted training programmes, created academic courses, established Centres for Science Communication and Science Archives, organized conferences, and started special programmes on Technology Communication, Risk Communication, Spirit of Innovation, International Cooperation, etc.