nion Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said the Government will be setting up Science Museums across the country to promote scientific temper, particularly among children and the younger generation.
The Science and Technology Minister was speaking after signing of a MoU between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) in the presence of Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy.
The MoU aims at setting up Science Museums at select CSIR Laboratories to promote scientific curiosity and awareness among the common people across all sections of society.
Singh called for imbibing scientific thinking to face the challenges of 21st century.
He said, the recent pandemic has emphasised the importance of increasing awareness of society for science and scientific thinking.
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Dr Jitendra Singh said, the new initiative of CSIR in setting up Virtual Labs in partnership with IIT-Bombay for school students as desired by the Prime Minister in the CSIR Society Meeting in 2020 is highly laudable. He also welcomed the move by CSIR and NCSM to set up a museum within NPL to showcase the technologies and interventions developed by CSIR over the past eight decades.
The Minister said, this initiative is also in line with the vision of PM Narendra Modi, who desired that S&T must reach every nook and corner of the country and that there is a need for outreach. He said, museums should not be static but must be dynamic, engaging and should emerge as crucibles of innovation and we must tap into the curiosity and enthusiasm in the students and the youth.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, while CSIR has tied up with Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas and Atal Tinkering Labs Schools of Niti Aayog, it must reach out to the remote areas and schools. He said, use of digital means and the virtual labs of CSIR and the mobile science museums of NCSM will be very complementary and valuable.(UNI)