Nehru Science Centre is organising lectures on World Population Day – 11 July

IAS Prelims 2023

Mumbai, 10 July 2021


As the world observes ‘World Population Day on 11th July, that seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, Nehru Science Centre will organise lectures on ‘Importance of Serosurveys in COVID19’ and how increasing population has put our resources and environment under stress. The two lectures are scheduled to be conducted in forenoon and afternoon.

The lectures will be conducted by Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, T.N Medical College and B.Y.L. Nair Hospital, i/c Molecular Diagnostic reference Laboratory Kasturba Hospital for infectious diseases, Mumbai, Dr. Jayanthi S. Shastri and Dr C M Lakshama, Professor, Population Research Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change Bengaluru.

Lecture 1:  

Speaker – Dr Jayanthi S Shastri, Professor & Head, Department of Microbiology, T. N. Medical College & B. Y. L. Nair Hospital, Mumbai

Date – 11th July 2021

Time – 11.00 am

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Brief of the Lecture:

Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic in India, we have heard the term Sero survey time and again. What is this Sero survey, how it is done and how is it so important in containing the spread of coronavirus among the population? How it can help us in distribution of vaccine or planning of covid care centres? Why epidemiologists and government are dependent on these surveys. How it is related with herd immunity?

Lecture 2: 

Speaker – Dr C M Lakshama, Professor, Population Research Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change Bengaluru

Date – 11th July 2021

Time – 4.30 pm

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Brief of the Lecture:

The increasing population and better lifestyle demand improved standards of food, clothing, shelter, comfort, and recreation for growing numbers of people. All this have put our resources and environment under stress and even degrading them. Resource use, waste production and environmental degradation are accelerated by population growth. They are further exacerbated by consumption habits, certain technological developments, and particular patterns of social organization and resource management.

World Population Day was established by the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. On 11 July 1987 – the Day of Five Billion was observed when the world’s population was well above five billion. United Nations General Assembly decided to continue observing World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development.

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