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Government of India
Ministry of Culture
28-August-2012 18:28 IST
Science Centres


The Minister for Culture and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that 24 Science Centres have been developed and are run by National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture. In addition, 11 Science Centres,   developed by NCSM, are run by State/UT authorities. Some of these Science Centres have planetariums. Details are at Annexure-I.


In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, setting up of Science Centres is an ongoing activity, based on proposals received from   State Governments from time to time, in accordance with    approved norms/guidelines, subject to availability of resources. Year-wise details of proposals received during last three years and current year and their status is placed at Annexure-II.


Kumari Selja said, the programmes organized by NCSM during the last one year to develop scientific attitude and temper amongst the people include exhibitions, seminars, popular lectures, science camps and other science educational programmes through Indoor Science Galleries, and Outdoor Science Parks and traveling exhibitions including Mobile Science Exhibition Programmes.


She said, it is a constant endeavor of Central Government to set up Science Cities in different States of the country.  However, the State Governments have to initiate proposals for  setting up Science Centres including planetariums, and based on the merits of each case, pro rata financial assistance is considered by the Centre.


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