India assisting neighbours in science education, communication

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    India assisting neighbours in science education, communication

    Setting up a planetarium in Mauritius,
    strengthening basic science education in
    Nepal and upgrading Bangladesh's
    science museum are on the agenda of
    India's National Council of Science
    Museums (NCSM) in the coming months
    to help the neighbours communicate
    science effectively to their people.
    This apart, the Kolkata-headquartered
    NCSM, which functions as a society
    under the union ministry of culture, is
    launching a "big project" in online
    science communication and grooming
    science teachers in the country.
    "Since we have the expertise in
    designing and running science centres
    across India, we will provide the
    necessary know-how, scientific inputs,
    equipment and exhibitions to our
    neighbours to strengthen their science
    communication as part of our cultural
    relations exchange, NCSM director
    general G.S. Rautela told IANS in an
    interview here.
    The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC)
    in Mauritius was set up by the UPA
    government in 2004 and now as part of
    its second phase of upgradation and
    expansion, a planetarium, possibly the
    island nation's first, is being established.
    "We are adding a planetarium and new
    exhibition halls. We have to look for
    local needs. For example, Mauritius
    being very close to sea, we would like to
    do an exhibition on ocean science. They
    also want an exhibition on space and
    astronomy because the planetarium is
    coming up," explained Rautela about the
    specifics.
    India provided the exhibits for the RGSC
    at an approximate cost of Rs.5 crore
    ($756,000). India also helped in the
    physical installation of these exhibits
    and in training the technical staff
    (curators) who would be manning and
    maintaining these exhibits.
    For the second phase, which includes the
    planetarium and upgradation work,
    India will provide Rs.10 crore, said
    Rautela.
    For the Himalayan nation of Nepal, the
    impetus is on improving science
    education.
    "We also have a proposal to do a science
    centre in Nepal. Their basic need is to
    improve their science education and so
    the name of the centre is science
    learning centre. We want to give them
    basic sciences which will help children to
    learn the fundamentals," Rautela said.
    India is investing Rs.5 crore for the
    project and so far, the conceptualisation
    and design, everything has been done,
    said Rautela, adding though it was
    delayed a bit, the project is "live" and
    construction will start "shortly".
    The director general is travelling to
    Bangladesh early next month to
    "finalise" details of the country's
    requirements.
    "We will see what their needs are, make
    a scheme and then deliver it. We will be
    making exhibits and upgrading their
    science museum," he informed.
    Back in India, NCSM is branching out
    from its physical science centres to
    virtual ones for wider reach.
    "Currently there are 48 centres and we
    are adding 21. But now, we are also
    developing virtual experiences. Lots of
    people can't come to science centres. So
    we will provide an experience online via
    a special portal. This will include virtual
    exhibitions. It will be launched in a
    couple of months," Rautela said.
    Additionally, the NCSM will also nurture
    science teachers in schools.
    "We are taking up a big programme to
    make science education interesting by
    nurturing science teachers in schools
    under the Rashtriya Avishkar Yojana
    (launched by the Narendra Modi
    government this year). They will be
    groomed through workshops and courses at the science centres across India so that science education can be transacted with a hands-on approach and with experiments," Rautela said.
     
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    we have the potential and these programs will extended to various parts of the world in the coming decades.


     
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    Koi baat ni, tu toh mera yaar hai ! :biggrin2:
     
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