National Science Centre, Delhi

Director Desk
What a fabulous journey till now it has been for the country to develop scientific temper among its masses and particularly among students. India has began the journey way back in 1946 when then Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru first used the phrase and later it became the part of the constitution of India. The Scientific temper is a way of life which emphasizes on questioning, observing physical reality, testing, hypothesizing, analyzing, and communicating. Thus essentially the Scientific temper describes an attitude which involves the application of logic.
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The first science museum, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM), Kolkata under CSIR, was opened on May 2, 1959. In July 1965 the second science museum of the country, the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum (VITM) was opened in Bangalore. After Kolkata and Bangalore, the work for the third centre at Mumbai was taken up in 1974. As the popularisation of science and technology through the Science Museums grew in scope and size, the Union Planning Commission constituted a Task Force in early 1970’s to assess the activities of the Science Museums. Task Force recommended to set up Science Museums in different parts of the country at National, State and District levels and also recommended formation of a central coordinating agency. In 1978, it was decided by the Government of India to delink from CSIR the two science museums already operating at Kolkata and Bangalore and also the one being set up at Mumbai and put them under a newly formed Society registered on April 4, 1978 as National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

With Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai Centres functional, a need for a big Centre in the Nation’s capital in Delhi in the north was felt, and hence National Science Centre, Delhi was conceptualized in 1984work started in earnest in 1984. Starting with a small shed near a municipal swimming pool in R K Puram and thereafter within a shrub forest in Timarpur, finally the National Science Centre was conceived, designed, built at the heart of Delhi at Pragati Maidan. It was inaugurated on the 9th of January 1992 by the then Prime Minister of India . Since opening, the Centre has rendered yeoman service to the cause of science popularisation.

The Centre has always been a place of happening through activities and achievements. The Centre was open for public in 1992 and since then millions of visitors have thronged the Centre and participated in numerous activities for different stake holders of the society. I give full credit to the entire team of the Centre who have worked relentlessly in successfully delivering the amidst a challenging market. Recently the Centre celebrated its silver jubilee to commemorate 25 years of service to Society. Hence the Centre is fulfilling its objective to its visitors which is ‘Engage – Educate – Entertain’.

In the age of digital technology era, new avenues have been evolved to reach to millions. The society has become a global village. Hence it has become very essential for us to reach to our prospective visitors and clientele. It gives me a great pleasure inpresenting the new and vibrant website of the Centre. It has become very essential that I wish that the activities and facilities of the Centre may reach to millions of visitors; hence the new website has been designed and is being presented to our esteemed visitors. The website has all information which a visitor may desire for planning their visit to the Centre. It also has information about our business, expertise and areas where we may associate with society and the prospective customers. Various new subjects have been included in the new website such as NSCD TV corner, Marketing, Media etc to reach different audience and clientele. You may also visit us on social media and see the contents and updates.

I do hope our esteemed visitors will like the website pages and expect that visitors will give us feedback in order to improve its visibility and reach.

D Rama Sarma