National Council of Science Museums

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National Council of Science Museums
National Council of Science Museums - India 7822.JPG
Abbreviation NCSM
Motto Science popularization
Formation 4 April 1978
Type Society
Legal status Government
Purpose Educational
Headquarters Kolkata
Location
  • India
Coordinates 22°34′12″N 88°25′43″E / 22.57000°N 88.42861°E / 22.57000; 88.42861Coordinates: 22°34′12″N 88°25′43″E / 22.57000°N 88.42861°E / 22.57000; 88.42861
Region served India & abroad
Director General G S Rautela
Parent organization Ministry of Culture
Staff 859 [As on 31 March 2011][1]
Website ncsm.org.in ncsm.gov.in
Remarks Visitors 8,151,285 [As on 31 March 2011][2]

National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) is an autonomous organization under Indian Ministry of Culture.[3] It is the largest chain of science centers or museums under a single administrative umbrella in the world. There are 24 own science centers or museums and one R & D laboratory and Training centre of NCSM, located in different states in India.

Own managed units[edit]

  • Bardhaman Science Centre, Babur Bagh, inaugurated on 9 January 1994
  • Digha Science Centre & National Science Camp, New Digha, inaugurated on 31 August 1997
  • Dhenkanal Science Centre, Orissa, inaugurated on 5 June 1995
  • District Science Centre, Purulia, inaugurated on 15 December 1982
  • Kapilas Science Park, Dhenkanal, inaugurated on 5 June 1995
  • North Bengal Science Centre, Matigara, inaugurated on 17 August 1997
  • Regional Science Centre, Bhubaneswar, inaugurated on 18 September 1989
  • Srikrishna Science Centre, Patna, inaugurated on 14 April 1978
  • North Bengal Science Centre, Siliguri, inaugurated on 17th August 1997


  • Central Research & Training Laboratory, Kolkata, R & D laboratory and Training centre of NCSM. Operational since 1 January 1988 and dedicated to the nation on 13 March 1993
  • Regional Science Centre, Guwahati, inaugurated on 15 March 1994
Former Director Generals
  • Science City, Kolkata, fully operational since 1 July 1997
  • District Science Centre, Gulbarga, operational since 1984
  • District Science Centre, Tirunelveli, operational since 1987
  • Regional Science Centre, Tirupati, operational since 1993

Science centres developed for different state governments[edit]

  • Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, Itanagar, inaugurated on 3 December 2005
  • Chhattisgarh Science Centre, Raipur, inaugurated on 13 July 2012[4]
  • Dharwad Regional Science Centre, inaugurated on 27 February 2012[5]
  • Kalimpong Science Centre, Darjeeling, inaugurated on 2 October 2008
  • Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium, Kurukshetra, inaugurated on 24 July 2007
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, Amritsar, inaugurated on 20 July 2006
  • Manipur Science Centre, Imphal, inaugurated on 18 May 2005
  • Mizoram Science Centre, Aizwal, inaugurated on 26 July 2003
  • Nagaland Science Centre, Dimapur, inaugurated on 14 September 2004
  • Ranchi Science Centre, Jharkhand, inaugurated on 29 November 2010
  • Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Port Louis, inaugurated on 30 November 2004
  • Science Centre Port Blair, Andaman, inaugurated on 30 May 2003
  • Shillong Science Centre, Meghalaya, inaugurated on 27 February 2006
  • Sikkim Science Centre, Marchak, inaugurated on 22 February 2008
  • Solapur Science Centre, South Maharashtra, inaugurated on 14 February 2010
  • Regional Science Centre, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, inaugurated on 17 July 2013

Upcoming science centres[edit]

NCSM is now developing science centres at the following places in India with collaboration by the respective State Governments.

Post Graduate course[edit]

A two years full time four semester Master of Science course in Science Communication in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, is being offered from 2005 at NCSM campus, Kolkata.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Activity Report 2010-11. p-80. National Council of Science Museums publication
  2. ^ Activity report 2010-11. p-80 National Council of Science Museums publication
  3. ^ Ministry of Culture official website
  4. ^ "Raman's New Mantra: 'Punish Father for His Son's Crime'" Raman's New Mantra: 'Punish Father for His Son's Crime`. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2012. <http://zeenews.india.com/news/chhattisgarh/ramans-new-mantra-punish-father-for-his-sons-crime_787810.html>.
  5. ^ http://ncsm.gov.in/Dharwad_Regional_Science_Centre.aspx