The Lectures and Debates Club of BIT & BEADS on 4th August 2018, organised a campaign to promote scientific temper among the participants with a slogan of ‘MEET THE MYTH BUSTER’, through eminent Biochemist of Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Prof. Narendra Nayak as the resource person. Prof Narender Nayak has taken his life’s mission to eradicate the impact of superstitious belief among the citizens of the country by providing scientific explanations to the techniques used by spurious Godmen and scamsters for financial and other ideological gains by fooling the gullible masses. Prof Narender Nayak, is the current President of Federation of Indian Rationalists Associations (FIRA),the founder President of Dakshina Kannada Rationalists Association (DKRA) and also the founder President of Philanthropy called Aid Without Religion, which provides school kits to students of weaker sections of society. His other areas of contribution extend to consumer rights advocacy, extending legal and moral support to organisations and individuals who have been grievously wronged by powerful individuals. As a result of this, he has faced the wrath of some organisations who see him being a threat to their evil plans. He has delivered almost 2000 such presentations in India and abroad including Sri Lanka, Australia, England, Denmark, Norway etc.
The program began with a welcome note from Prof. Ar. Ashok LP Mendonca, Principal, BEADS followed by a lecture supported by audio visual documentaries, demonstrations of techniques which included tricks and chemical reactions and other sleight of hands techniques which are routinely used by these spurious Godmen to dupe the public and gain fame and wealth. The diverse set of demos enthralled the entire audience well over three hours. This was followed by intense question and answer sessions on diverse issues including Vastu. The program anchored by Mr. Amal Faizal and Mr. Datharaj finally concluded by presenting the memento to Prof Narender Nayak by Dr. Antony AJ, Principal BIT, and Dean Academics, Dr. Mahabaleshwarappa, Dr Aziz Mustafa, Principal, BIT Polytechnic, thereby proposed the vote of thanks. The program concluded with the National Anthem.