Various educational activities at Raman Science Centre increase students’ interest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jun 2018 09:54:21


 

Special Correspondent,

As per info gathered by Abhay Kolarkar, around 4.38 lakh visitors were recorded at the centre in last FY 2017-2018, while 7.25 lakh visitors to outreach various programmes conducted by the centres

Raman Science Centre (RSC) in Nagpur has succeeded in creating interest in science among the students. Due to launching of educational programmes for the children the footfall has been increased from 97,000 to 1.16 lakh in the
financial year 2017-2018. Central Government is also supporting the centre by giving sufficient amount for the promotion of scientific activities amongs budding kids.


The centre was developed to promote a scientific attitude, portray the growth of science and technology and their applications in industry and human elfare, and hold science exhibitions. The Centre is named after famous Nobel Prize winner Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. It is spread over sprawling 59,310 sq mts of land.


Abhay Kolarkar, RTI activist obtained this information under Right to Information (RTI) Act from Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai. As per information, around 4.38 lakh visitors were recorded at the centre in last FY 2017-2018, while 7.25 lakh visitors to outreach various programmes conducted by the centres. Every year, the number of the visitors is increasing and this reflects interest of the students in the scientific activity.


The centre is conducting several educational programmes like Taramandal, planetarium shows, sky observation programme, mobile science exhibition, science demonstration lecture, public demonstrations, science quiz, vacation hobby courses, creative ability centre, district-level science fairs, science seminars, teachers training programmes, popular science lectures, commemorative programmes, science film shows, model rocketry, aeromodelling, astronomy and telescope making, science news board, science film festivals, national science, creative science workshop, 3D science shows, science expos, pre-historic light and sound shows to increase curiosity about science are receiving good response of the students.


As compared to expenditure, the income of the centre is less. However, the income in last financial year has been increased to Rs 1.02 crore as compared to the FY 2016-2017.


Total 23 persons are working in the centre for promotion of science. Science Centre is conducting its activities from Fun Science Gallery, Invention Gallery, ICT Gallery, Astronomy
Centre Gallery, Planetarium Shows, 3D Shows, Science on a Sphere show and Innovation Centre. The Management of Centre had spent Rs 25.61 lakh in the year 2017-2018, while Rs 32.36 lakh were spent in 2016-2017.