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Sub-Regional Science Centre (SRSC),
Rajamahendravaram, East Godavari District.

1. Concept:

A science centre provides an experiment based learning ambience to inculcate a spirit of inquiry, foster creative talent and create scientific temper in the community as a whole. It is characterized by its two-pronged channel of communication - exhibits and activities. While the exhibits, both indoor and outdoor, are mostly interactive, the demonstrations and training programs are also fully participatory and help children and the adults alike to learn the basics of science through fun and enjoyment. Science is best understood through experience and experimentation. Science Education, therefore, should essentially involve hands-on, experimentation based learning and should not remain within the domain of textbook reading. This is more important in India in view of widespread science illiteracy in the country. A Science Centre on the other hand provides scope of ‘doing science’ adopting a hands-on approach which offers to the visitor a number of experimental options through which they can discover the scientific concept themselves. Such mode of education has so far proved to be very effective in supplementing formal science education in our country.

2. Objectives:

The Science Centre will have primarily the following objectives:

  • To portray the growth of science and technology and their application in industry and human welfare, with a view to develop scientific attitude and temper and to create, inculcate and sustain a general awareness amongst the people.
  • To popularize science and technology for the benefit of students and for the common man of the region by organizing exhibitions, seminars, popular lectures, science camps and various other programs.
  • To supplement science education given in schools and colleges and to organize various out-of-school educational activities to foster a spirit of scientific inquiry and creativity among the students.
  • To design, develop and fabricate science museum exhibits, demonstration equipment and scientific teaching aids for science education and popularization of science.
  • To organize training programs for science teachers / students/young entrepreneurs/ technicians/physically challenged/ housewives and others on specific subjects of science, technology and industry.

Sanction of SRSC to Rajamahendravaram :

Ministry of Culture (MoC), Govt. of India has sanctioned one Sub-Regional Science Centre (SRSC) to Andhra Pradesh to establish in Rajamahendravaram, East Godavari and the assignment has been entrusted to National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) Kolkata, Unit of Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Subsequently, as per our request, District Collector East Godavari has alienated 5.00 Acres of land in the premises of Mahila Pranganam, Bommuru (R.S.No.407/2B) of Dowlesw aram, Rajamahendravaram ® vide REV-ESECOALN(ALN)/119/2017-SA(E2)-CLO-EG, Dt: 18.01.2018 for construction of SRSC buildings

Foundation Stone was laid by the then Hon’ble Minister for EFS&T on 18.02.2018 in the presence of Hon’ble MP, Rajamahendravaram, District Collector, RDO etc.,

Our state Government through APCOST has released a budget of Rs.8.65 Cr. to NCSM Kolkata as state matching share and entered MoU with NCSM on 18.05.2018. The NCSM, Kolkata through its regional unit M/s. Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum (VITM), Bangalore commenced its civil work during Feb., 2019 and expected to complete by May2021.

District Level Committee (DLC) has been constituted under the Chairmanship of District Collector, East Godavari vide GO. Rt. No. 46, dt. 16.05.2019 issued by EFS&T Department, GoAP to look after the issues / works related to the SRSC.

On the request of MS, APCOST, District Collector East Godavari has accorded approval vide Proc. No. DMF 25/2020, Dt. .11.2020 to R & B, Rajamahendravaram for sanction of Rs. 20.00 Lakhs for construction of slab culvert and CC drain to dispose the sewage water to the outlet point, near our RSC Site.

SRSC - Visited by Member Secretary, APCOST