Saturday, October 16, 2021

Science museums to be set up in country as NCSM-CSIR sign MoU to integrate Science & Culture

 

The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the Ministry of Culture has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The MoU seeks to integrate culture with science.

Setting Up of Science Museums

Under the MoU, science museums will be set up at select CSIR laboratories. The setting up of science museums will add to the popularity of science education, promote scientific curiosity and awareness among the common people across all sections of society.

Union Culture Minister, G Kishan Reddy said that the MoU will be the endeavor to fulfill the 5Cs of the 21st Century, i.e, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, curiosity, and communication.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh added that science museums across the country would promote scientific temper, particularly among children and the younger generation.

Purpose of MoU

The Government has been taking initiatives for the development of a culture of science in the country. Events like the pandemic have only stressed the need to be equipped with science and technology and create awareness of society for science and scientific thinking.

India is promoting experience-based learning. Dr. Jitendra Singh reiterated that science-based, rational and progressive thinking should form the basis for development and to strengthen a science-based approach.

The MoU aims to achieve the following;

1.) To create a new chapter in the history of science communication and dissemination.
2.) MoU will connect NCSM and CSIR and its laboratories.
3.) The MoU also aims to promote a culture of science, technology, and innovation in the country

Virtual labs

CSIR in partnership with IIT-Bombay is setting up virtual labs for school students. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the CSIR Society Meeting in 2020 has expressed the desire for virtual labs for school students.

Now, the collaboration of CSIR and NCSM will bring a museum within National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that would showcase the technologies and interventions developed by CSIR over the past eight decades. The museums will encourage students and youth to engage in innovation and technology.

About CSIR & NCSM

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the largest and most diversified publicly funded scientific and industrial research organizations in the world. It is known for its R&D knowledge base in diverse science and technology areas.

CSIR has a network of 37 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 innovation complexes, and five units with a pan-India presence.

On the other hand, the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the Ministry of Culture, has the largest network of science centres/ museums in the World.

NCSM was formed on April 4, 1978. and presently, it administers 25 science centres/ museums spread across India. Science City, Kolkata, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM), Kolkata, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), Bangalore, and National Science Centre, Delhi are national level centres of NCSM.

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