Dr. Manoj Kumar Patairiya, Director, CSIR-NISCAIR
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.
Dr. Patairiya’s innovative efforts towards science communication, motivational research, innovation, management, governance, and policy development have made significant impact leading to growth and development of the science and technology ecosystem. Dr. Patairiya has authored books on biotechnology, environment, and science communication, and co-edited the widely acclaimed books – “Sharing Science” and “Science Meets Communication” – and has a large number of high standard research and popular science publications to his credit.
Dr. Patairiya is pursuing a vision of cross disciplinary communication between sciences, media, governance and publics for scientific advancement and socio-cultural excellence. Dr. Patairiya’s efforts have positioned India prominently on the global science communication scenario. He has been a Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Network on Public Communication of Science & Technology (PCST), Australia, Founder Editor of the Indian Journal of Science Communication, and Former President of the Indian Science Writers’ Association. He was a Visiting Professor of Global Communication in S&T at the Chungnam National University of the Republic of Korea and serves on Editorial Boards of different research journals in India and abroad. Recently he has been elected as the Vice Chair of the International Inter-Academy Group on Science Communication which is a recognition of India’s leadership position in science communication at the global level.