ARUNACHAL PRADESH: In a major step forward in promoting science culture and education, the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) has tied up with Arunachal Pradesh government to set up a science center and digital planetarium at Dirang in West Kameng district.
The MoU was signed on Friday under the Scheme for Promotion of Science and Culture (SPoCS) initiated by the Union Ministry of Culture. The NCSM is scheduled to invest around Rs 26.70 crore for the science center and Rs 15.60 crore for the digital planetarium. These collaborative efforts are part of an ongoing commitment to enhance scientific knowledge and enhance the quality of science in society.
The agreement with NCSM in New Delhi was facilitated by the Arunachal Pradesh State Science and Technology Council (APSCS&T), which functions under the state science and technology department The proposed science center and digital planetarium, all categorized as Grade II facilities, are expected to contribute significantly to the science scenario of the region With existing science centers at Itanagar and Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh is poised to further strengthen its scientific program.
The Itanagar center is already operational, after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on December 18 last year before setting up the center and planetarium at Namsai.
The development has special significance for the people living in eastern and western parts of the country, as these centers and planetary museums are aimed at meeting the needs of their education scientists State Science and Technology Secretary R Ronya expressed hope for positive impact of these projects. Samarendra Kumar, Deputy Director General, NCSM, emphasized the organisation’s commitment to have science centers across the country.
Focusing on the development of the north-eastern region, Kumar emphasized the dual role of these places - as tourist destinations and as catalysts for the development of scientific knowledge in the society. A.D. Chaudhary, Director General, NCSM, echoed these sentiments, highlighting the organisation’s record of handing over 23 science centers to state and union territory governments.