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Science Centres in India

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.

Science Centres administered by NSCM

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

  • Science City, Kolkata
  • Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM), Kolkata
  • Nehru Science Centre (NSC), Mumbai
  • Vishvesvraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), Bengaluru
  • National Science Centre (NSC), Delhi and
  • Central Research & Training Laboratory, Kolkata.

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

List of Science Centres/Planetariums administered by State Governments/UT’s/Organizations

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

Source : National Council of Science Museums (NCSM)



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