The government will establish science museums across the country to promote scientific temperament, especially among children and the younger generation, Jitendra Singh, Union minister of state for science and technology, said on Wednesday.
Singh was speaking after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Council of Science Museums (HMCS) in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Tourism and DoNER , G. Kishan Reddy.
The MoU aims to establish science museums in certain CSIR laboratories in order to promote scientific curiosity and awareness among citizens from all walks of life, according to a statement from the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Singh called for imbibing scientific thought to face the challenges of the 21st century. He said the recent pandemic has highlighted the importance of increasing society’s awareness of science and scientific thinking.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent speech to the 76th United Nations National General Assembly in New York, in which Modi highlighted the threat of regressive thinking and extremism facing the world, the Minister reaffirmed that science-based, rational and progressive thinking should form the basis of development and in order to strengthen a science-based approach, India encourages experiential learning.
The new initiative of CSIR in setting up virtual labs in partnership with IIT-Bombay for school students, as desired by the Prime Minister at the CSIR company meeting in 2020 is very commendable, Singh said , welcoming the decision of CSIR and HMCS to establish a museum within NPL to showcase the technologies and interventions developed by CSIR over the past eight decades.
Reddy said: “Around the world, it is recognized that science centers play an important role in complementing science education in the country and creating a culture of science and technology and developing the scientific temperament among masses and young people in particular. “
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