National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous Organization under the Ministry of Culture, is engaged in establishment of Regional Science Centres/Science Cities throughout the country. The Science Centre projects are taken up by NCSM in a phased manner depending upon the availability of resources, project-handling capacity of NCSM and the existing level of Science centre activities in a particular State and also the support/initiative of the State/UT Govt. desirous of having Science Centres . It is stated that setting up a Planetarium is not a part of the “Science Cities Scheme” administered by Ministry of Culture. NCSM, however, has expertise and does set up planetaria on full funding from States /UT Government.
Science Centres/Cities projects which have been/shall be taken up during 12th & 13th Plan Period in a phased manner is given below:-
|Sl. No.||Name of Regional Science Centres presently being set up by NCSM||State/Union Territory||Status of the Project/Likely to be completed|
|01||Regional Science Centre, Dehradun||Uttarakhand||September 2015|
|02||Regional Science Centre, Kottayam||Kerala||June 2018|
|03||Regional Science Centre, Mysore||Karnataka||June 2018|
|04||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Bargarh||Odisha||November 2016|
|05||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Udaipur||Tripura||November 2016|
|06||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Palampur||Himachal Pradesh||Feb-Mar 2018|
|07||Science City, Guwahati||Assam||
|08||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Srinagar||J & K|
|09||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Rajahmundry||Andhra Pradesh|
|10||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Udaipur||Rajasthan|
|11||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Kokrajhar||Assam|
|12||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Mayabunder||A&N Islands|
|13||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Jabalpur||Madhya Pradesh||
|14||Regional Science Centre, Chandigarh||UT,Chandigarh|
|15||Sub- Regional Science Centre, Kumaun||Uttarakhand|
|16||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Ambala||Haryana|
|17||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Gaya||Bihar|
|18||Regional Science Centre, Allahabad/Kanpur||Uttar Pradesh|
|19||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Amritsar/Bhatinda||Punjab|
|20||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Dadra-Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu||Dadra-Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu|
|21||Sub-Regional Science Centre, Tumkur||Karnataka|
These Science Cities/Centres will be set up by NCSM within 54 months (for Science Cities), 33 months (for Regional Science Centres) & 27 months (for Sub- Regional Science Centres) from the date of start of the work in each case and after the project is finalized by the State Government and infrastructure facilities like land are made available to NCSM.
In order to popularize science and technology for the benefits of students and for the common man, these Science Centres in addition to the static exhibition galleries, organized many mobile museum travelling exhibitions, seminars, popular lectures, science camps, science fairs, training programmes etc., for teachers, students, housewives and others as well as “out-of-school educational activities” apart from administering the Science Centres during the last three years.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question today in Rajya Sabha.