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The West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (WAST) represents the body of scientists and technologists working in West Bengal or with roots in West Bengal who have made deep contributions to a domain of scientific and technological knowledge or have made profound applications for the welfare of our people. We work with the community – school, college and university students; researchers; application specialists and the public at large – in the dissemination, consolidation and enhancement of knowledge of science and technology. Further, we strive to promote rational thought and science temper.
We have attempted to deepen our engagement with the Government of West Bengal, with limited success. We keep trying.
We are passing through a crisis and a catastrophe that none of us has witnessed in our lives. Loss of human lives and human suffering caused by an infectious agent have been unprecedented. Fellows of the Academy have played a stupendous role in facing this challenge. They have helped the State by providing instruments from their laboratories to initiate SARS-CoV-2 testing in hospitals in Kolkata and districts, they and their students have been toiling day and night to accelerate testing, they have been providing expert scientific and technological advice, engaging in educational outreach programs via articles in newspapers, webinars, etc. In other words, our Academy has stood by the people during this pandemic and has tried to mitigate human suffering. In addition to enhancing science and technology, humanitarian action is also our mantra.
The Academy seeks public support and pledges to provide support to the public.
A convention of scientists and technologies of West Bengal was held on 29th April, 1986 in the auditorium of Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata to consider the question of forming an Academy of Science in West Bengal. Out of prolonged discussion, the house decided to form such an Academy and constituted an ad-hoc committee, with Professor Sushil Kumar Mukherjee as the Chairman, to take necessary steps to give effect to this decision in a general meeting on 20th January, 1989 in the auditorium of IICB, the formation of the Academy (WAST) with 136 Founder Fellows.
The first elected Council of the Academy, with Prof. S.K. Mukherjee as President, Prof. S.C. Pakrashi and Prof. R.K. Poddar as Vice-Presidents, met on 24th August, 1989 to elect office-bearers. The Academy then was registered as a Society (S/65001 to 1990-91). A new Academy entitled "West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology" was thus born.
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