National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous society under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India has developed a Nationwide network of Science Museums/Centres for development of science exhibits and demonstration aids.
NCSM has 25 Science centres under its administration across the country.
The objective of the National Science Centre is to engage, educate and entertain the visitor through thematic exhibitions, interactive educational activities and outreach programmes. 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, organize 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.
NCSM has developed its own Nationwide network of 25 Science Museums/Centres. The centres are divided into North, South, East, North East and West Zones.
National Level Centres
There are 6 National Level Centres namely
Central Research & Training Laboratory (CRTL) based at Kolkata is the Council’s central hub for professional training, research and development.
Except Science City, Kolkata other National Level centres have Regional and Sub-Regional/District Level centres under its control and are called Satellite Units (SUs).
|Name of the Science Centre||Date of inauguration|
|National Science Centre, Delhi||January 9, 1992|
|Regional Science City, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh||September 21, 2007|
|Kurukshetra Panorama and Science centre, Kurukshetra, Haryana||March 06, 2001|
|Sub-Regional Science Centre, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh|
|Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra||November 11, 1985|
|Raman Science Centre & Planetarium, Nagpur||January 5, 1997|
|Regional Science Centre, Bhopal||January 12, 1995|
|Goa Science Centre, Panjim||December 19, 2001|
|District Science Centre, Dharampur||April 27, 1984|
|Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Kolkata||May 02, 1959|
|Regional Science Centre, Bhubaneswar||September 18, 1989|
|Shri Krishna Science Centre, Patna||April 14, 1978|
|District Science Centre, Purulia||December 15, 1982|
|District Science Centre, Bardhaman||January 09, 1994|
|Dhenkanal Science Centre, Dhenkanal, Odisha||June 05, 1995|
|Science Park, Kapilas||June 05, 1995|
|North Bengal Science Centre, Siliguri||August 17, 1997|
|Digha Science Centre , Digha||August 31, 1997|
|Regional Science Centre, Guwahati||March 15 1994|
The List of Science Centres/Planetariums developed by NCSM and handed over to State Governments/UT’s/Organizations are as follows.
|Science Centers/Museums/Planetariums||Date of Inauguration|
|Science Centre, Port Blair, A & N Island||May 30, 2003|
|Mizoram Science Centre, Aizwal||July 26, 2003|
|Nagaland Science Centre, Dimapur, Nagaland||September 14, 2004|
|National Agricultural Science Museum, New Delhi||Nov 3, 2004|
|Manipur Science Centre, Manipur||May 18, 2005|
|Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, Itanagar||Dec 3, 2005|
|Shillong Science Centre, Shillong, Meghalaya||Feb 27, 2006|
|Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, Amritsar||July 20, 2006|
|ONGC Golden Jubilee Museum, Dehradun||August 14, 2006|
|Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium, Kurukshetra, Haryana||July 24, 2007|
|Sikkim Science Centre, Gangtok||February 22, 2008|
|Sub-Regional Science Centres, Kalimpong||October 2, 2008|
|Sub-Regional Science Centre, Solapur||February 14, 2010|
|Regional Science Centre, Ranchi||November 29, 2010|
|Dharwad Regional Science Centre, Karnataka||February 27, 2012|
|Chhattisgarh Science Centre, Raipur||July 13, 2012|
|Regional Science Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan||December 29, 2012|
|Pimpri Chinchwad Science Centre, Pune, Maharashtra||February 8, 2013|
|Jorhat Science Centre & Planetarium, Assam||July 6, 2013|
|Regional Science Centre, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu||May 6, 2013.|
|Sub Regional Science Centre, Jodhpur, Rajasthan||August 17, 2013|
|Regional Science Centre, Pilikula, Karnataka||October 1, 2014|
|Sub Regional Science Centre, Puducherry||May 3, 2015|
|Regional Science Centre, Dehradun, Uttarakhand||February 3, 2016|
|Bargarh Science Centre, Bargarh, Odisha||January 21, 2020|
|Udaipur Science Centre, Udaipur, Tripura||February 28, 2021|