A 'Nobel Memorial Wall' of digital informative panels on Indian Nobel Laureates was today inaugurated at Delhi Metro's Rajiv Chowk station, portions of which bore factual inaccuracies.
A ‘Nobel Memorial Wall’ of digital informative panels on Indian Nobel Laureates was today inaugurated at Delhi Metro’s Rajiv Chowk station, portions of which bore factual inaccuracies.
The bilingual exhibition, which is in its fifth year, was jointly inaugurated by the Embassy of Sweden and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) with its stated purpose of spreading awareness and inspiring young minds.
The panels, in digital format for the first time, contain brief portraits of Rabindranath Tagore, C V Raman, Har Gobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Kailash Satyarthi.
However, some panels contained glaring errors. The one on Mother Teresa incorrectly mentioned that she was conferred the Nobel Peace Prize on 1998 instead of 1979.
The panel on Tagore said he established a “university named Shriniketan” in 1921 whereas the Hindi panel said he founded “Santiniketan” in 1921.
Tagore founded an ashram in Bolpur’s Santiniketan in 1901 while Sriniketan, an Institute of Rural Reconstruction, was founded in 1922.
Nobel Physics Laureate Subramanyan Chandrasekhar’s surname was mistakenly spelt as “Chandrashekhar” and showed his place of birth as Lahore, Pakistan instead “Lahore, India (now Pakistan)” as per the official website of the Nobel Prize.
When pointed out the mistakes, the public relations agency which was in-charge of putting together the panels accepted them. Later, it claimed that it had “corrected the errors”.
Ambassador of Sweden to India Harald Sandberg and DMRC chief Mangu Singh unveiled the wall exhibition together. It will be on display till October 16 at Rajiv Chowk and ITO stations as part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week celebrations.
“It (the exhibition) has become a tradition to mark the beginning of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week. Both our countries believe in a better life for humankind and this is also an opportunity to build people to people relations,” Sandberg said.
Singh described it as an opportunity for the “youth to know about our Nobel Laureates while they are on the move in the metro network.”