National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) is the largest network of science centres/museums under a single administrative umbrella in the world. 27 science centers/museums of NCSM located in different sites in India have a total floor area of 156684 sq mtrs. and have been visited by over 8 million people during 2010-11.
Continuous upgrade of display materials and technology happens in the Council as a part of its R&D activity.
Project recently inaugurated was a Regional Science Centre at Ranchi. Projects ready for inauguration in the pipeline are Regional Science Centres at Raipur, Dharwad, Coimbatore, Pilikula and Jaipur; Sub-Regional Science Centre and Planetarium at Jorhat; and Planetarium at District Science Centres at Dharampur, Gulbarga and Tirunelveli, and Sub-Regional Science Centre at Gangtok.
NCSM provides catalytic support to other organizations for setting up new science centres within and outside the country.
The Council has developed several galleries and museums in close collaboration with other government and corporate bodies.National Agricultural Science Museum, Delhi and ONGC Golden Jubilee Museum are two collaborative projects developed by NCSM. Galleries like BEL Hall of Electronics, Aerospace Hall and Biotechnological Revolution stand testimony to NCSM’s excellence in creating high-tech expositions of emerging technologies.
National Council of Science Museums