New Delhi: India Science, the Over-The-Top (OTT) science channel managed by Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science & Technology (DST) has won the Mumbai Press Club’s prestigious Red Ink Awards 2021, instituted to honour excellence in journalism. The channel has jointly won the award in the category ‘Science & Innovation’ for the programme 'World's First Fully Equipped Mobile Covid-19 Testing Lab' produced under the series 'Life in Science with PallavaBagla'.
The Red Ink Awards covers all formats including print, digital, and television across 12 categories. Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the awards were presented on 29th December with the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana as the chief guest, in a virtual mode.
The programme explores India’s fully equipped mobile corona testing laboratory that was established to strengthen India’s COVID-19 testing capacity amid growing infections. Fully equipped to conduct the RT-PCR test, the mobile laboratory is designed to take COVID testing facility to people at distant locations. The award-winning programme featured virologist DrGuruprasadMedigeshi, as he explained the complexities of COVID diagnostic testing. The series is anchored by the well-known science journalist PallavaBagla.
'Life in Science with PallavaBagla' is the premier science show on India Science Channel that showcases India’s scientific and technological advancements. Several programmes produced by India Science have been nominated for various national and international awards in the past.
India Science is an initiative of the DST, Govt. of India. The channel is being managed and implemented by VigyanPrasar, an autonomous organization of DST, with the support of the National Council of Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC)-a division of DST. VigyanPrasar has been producing documentaries, studio-based interviews and talk shows, outdoor shows, specially conceived programmes, science magazines, R&D features, Innovation features, short films, news bulletins including LIVE streaming of important events and videos on demand.