Kota to welcome National Science Center and Digital Planetarium in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar

Kota to welcome National Science Center and Digital Planetarium in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar

CM Ashok Gehlot's latest gift to Kota... 

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CM Ashok Gehlot has announced the establishment of a National Science Center and Digital Planetarium in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Kota. This initiative aims to provide students and the general public with a better understanding of the significance of science in our everyday lives, as well as the mysteries behind astronomical phenomena, through engaging models and experiments. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has given the green light to a financial proposal amounting to Rs 7.40 crore for the establishment of the National Science Center and Digital Planetarium. This funding will be utilized to create interactive and engaging fun science exhibits and thematic galleries, making it easier for visitors to comprehend complex scientific principles. 

The center will feature a diverse range of outdoor and indoor models, offering hands-on experiences for learning. Furthermore, it will provide information about renowned Indian scientists, showcasing their remarkable contributions to the field of science. In February, the National Council of Science Museums and the Science and Technology Department of the Government of Rajasthan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of the Science Center and Planetarium. The estimated budget for this project is approximately Rs 35.25 crore. 

The construction of the science center will require a budget of Rs 22.5 crore, with Rs 9.58 crore being contributed by the central government and Rs 12.67 crore being contributed by the state government. Similarly, the construction of the Planetarium will entail an expenditure of Rs 13 crore. A notable aspect of the funding allocation is the contribution of Rs 5.60 crore from the Central Government and Rs 7.40 crore from the State Government. It is worth mentioning that Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla played a pivotal role in obtaining approval at the central government level for the establishment of the Science Center and Planetarium in Kota. 

The Planetarium Will Consists Of

The establishment will feature various key amenities, including a thematic gallery, fun science gallery, science park, children's activity hall, an auditorium, and a conference hall capable of accommodating approximately 125 individuals. The Planetarium will have a seating capacity of 85 people at a time, with a dome size of 10 meters. Additionally, there will be an interactive exhibition on space science and astronomy, an activity area dedicated to astronomy for students, a telescope for observing celestial activities, and a mini hall for hosting lectures by astronomy experts. These facilities will contribute to an immersive and educational experience for visitors.

Digital Planetarium 

The state-of-the-art digital planetarium, equipped with advanced technology, will accommodate an audience capacity of 80 to 85 individuals. Visitors will have access to comprehensive information about various astronomical planets, enabling them to delve into the wonders of the universe. To foster a greater interest in science among students, a range of competitions will be organized. Additionally, an auditorium will be constructed, featuring captivating 3D shows that will enhance the overall experience for attendees.

The establishment of the center is being carried out with technical assistance from the National Council of Science Museums, which operates under the Ministry of Culture. In March 2023, the state government transferred Rs 12.67 crore to the council for the purpose of setting up the facility. It is worth mentioning that the Chief Minister had announced the establishment of the National Science Center in the budget for the fiscal year 2023-24, emphasizing the government's commitment to advancing scientific education and outreach. 

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