Prof. Kamal Lodhaya spoke at the AID conference held in Chennai in 1999.
Kamal is Professor at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and editor of Jantar Mantar. (bio from 1999 proceedings)
One very concrete thing that Tamil Nadu Science Forum (TNSF) has been doing is that we bring out magazines. That is better than bringing out a newsletter because that will only talk about our own activities. This expresses our concern with science, concern with children.
Jantar Mantar is sold like any other magazine. Articles are brought together by volunteers of TNSF. It all depends on the quantum of help you are willing to provide. We have been facing a number of financial difficulties. The circulation of the English Jantar Mantar is 1000 but the Tamil magazine (not a translation but an independent magazine) is 10,000, because our network is with Tamil teachers. First we would like you to contribute articles for this, send other things like Jam was talking about. We would like your help with information mining? if you come across interesting pictures, artwork.
We started with 6 issues a year but have dropped it to quarterly because we don?t have enough people to produce the magazine.
And also we would like you to help us with sales. If AID could have somebody collecting US subscriptions for Jantar Mantar and distributing issues, that would help us a lot.
Subscription outside India:
US $15 (or Rs 630) for 4 issues
Payable to Jantar Mantar,
E-57A 7th West Street
Kamaraja Nagar, Tiruvanmiyur
Chennai 600 041, India.
Phone: +91-44-448 0448.
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