Five books on science authored by former dean of student affairs, Punjabi University, an alumnus of Thapar University Kuldip Singh Dhir, were released during the 58th Department of Atomic Energy:Solid State Physics Symposium at Thapar University on Thursday.
Director KK Raina and scientists from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre were present at the book launch.
Dhir, a renowned writer of popular science and literature, started his career as a mechanical engineer. He worked for some time as a research investigator at the Indian Institute of Applied Manpower Research, New Delhi, and as assistant professor at UP Agricultural University, Pant Nagar, Nainital.
Dhir informed that though he started his career outside the state but his interest in language and culture brought him back to Punjab and he started working as assistant development officer (planning) to execute projects for the development of Punjabi language in scientific and technical fields.
A recipient of the Shiromani Punjabi Lekhak Award in 1999 and an author of about 60 books, Dhir was head of the Punjabi department at Punjabi University before he was elevated as dean, faculty of languages.
The released books included "Bharti atom bomb da mahan birtant", "Nanotechnology: Agli Kranti", "Dharti hor pare hor hor", "Vigyan, vigyani ate aam aadmi" and "Navan vigyan naven dishade".
Dhir said, "I have tried to explain the practical concepts of science in simple Punjabi. It is important to develop a scientific outlook among common people. Science should not remain confined to researchers."