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Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

(Formerly Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur)

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3rd Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray Memorial Oration
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 03:30pm
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3rd Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray Memorial Oration of the Annual Institute Lecture Series

 

Date : 22nd November, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time 3.30 pm

Venue: Civil Seminar Hall

Speaker : Professor Dhruv Raina
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science and Education
Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
and
Honorary Director
Indian Council for Social Science Research
Northern Regional Centre
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi 


Lecture Title: The Contemporary Relevance of a Radical Chemist: Reflections on Science, History and the University

Abstract 
The place of P.C.Ray in the annals of modern Indian chemistry has been amply discussed. But the Acharya was much more than a chemist - he was among the inaugurators of the social history of sciences in India, a radical thinker on matters relating to science, society and development, on the role of the university in contemporary society and the founder of an industry. And beyond all this he is remembered as an inspiring teacher. In this talk I shall venture an intellectual biography of this respected polymath and attempt to map the contemporary relevance of his substantial corpus of writing.