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The NCSM and CSIR have signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate science and culture in the country

The NCSM and CSIR have signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate science and culture in the country

The National Council of Science Museums and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (CSIR). The memorandum of understanding aims to bring together culture and science. As part of the agreement, science museums will be built at a number of CSIR labs. It’s been agreed that a museum at the National Physical Laboratory will display CSIR-developed technologies and interventions as part of an MoU signed between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Council of Science Museums.

Key Highlight:

  • National Council of Science Museums and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (CSIR)
  • The memorandum of understanding aims to bring together culture and science.
  • As part of the agreement, science museums will be built at a number of CSIR labs.
  • It’s been agreed that a museum at the National Physical Laboratory will display CSIR-developed technologies and interventions.
  • The museums will encourage students and youth to engage in innovation and technology.
  • The MoU also aims to promote a culture of science, technology, and innovation in the country.
  • The government has been working to foster a nation-wide scientific mindset.
  • The setting up of museums will add to the popularity of science education, promote scientific curiosity and awareness among the common people across all sections of society.
  • It will also promote an innovation and culture through the country through the MoU.
  • It aims to start a new era in science communication and dissemination.

The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the Ministry of Culture has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The MoU seeks to integrate culture with science.

Setting Up of Science Museums

Under the MoU, science museums will be set up at select CSIR laboratories. The setting up of science museums will add to the popularity of science education, promote scientific curiosity and awareness among the common people across all sections of society.

Union Culture Minister, G Kishan Reddy said that the MoU will be the endeavor to fulfill the 5Cs of the 21st Century, i.e, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, curiosity, and communication.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh added that science museums across the country would promote scientific temper, particularly among children and the younger generation.

Purpose of MoU

The Government has been taking initiatives for the development of a culture of science in the country. Events like the pandemic have only stressed the need to be equipped with science and technology and create awareness of society for science and scientific thinking.

India is promoting experience-based learning. Dr. Jitendra Singh reiterated that science-based, rational and progressive thinking should form the basis for development and to strengthen a science-based approach.

The MoU aims to achieve the following;

1.) To create a new chapter in the history of science communication and dissemination.

2.) MoU will connect NCSM and CSIR and its laboratories.

3.) The MoU also aims to promote a culture of science, technology, and innovation in the country

Virtual labs

CSIR in partnership with IIT-Bombay is setting up virtual labs for school students. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the CSIR Society Meeting in 2020 has expressed the desire for virtual labs for school students.

Now, the collaboration of CSIR and NCSM will bring a museum within National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that would showcase the technologies and interventions developed by CSIR over the past eight decades. The museums will encourage students and youth to engage in innovation and technology.

About CSIR & NCSM

National Science Museums Council (NCSM) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (CSIR). The memorandum of understanding aims to bring together culture and science.

establishing science centers

Select CSIR laboratories will host science museums as part of the MoU. Incorporating science museums will increase public interest in science education and foster scientific curiosity and awareness among all segments of the population.

Minister of State for Culture, G Kishan Reddy, stated that the MoU is an effort to fulfill the 5Cs of the 21st century, namely critical thinking, creative problem-solving and teamwork.

As a result, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology, said that science museums across the country would encourage a scientific outlook, particularly among children and young people.

Goals of the Memorandum of Understanding

The government has been working to foster a nation-wide scientific mindset. The pandemic has only emphasized the importance of being well-versed in science and technology, as well as raising society’s awareness of science and scientific thinking.

India encourages students to learn through hands-on activities. Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasized the importance of a science-based approach to development, saying that it should be grounded in rational and progressive thinking.

The agreement’s objectives are as follows:

To start a new era in science communication and dissemination.

NCSM and CSIR will be linked through a Memorandum of Understanding and their laboratories.

It also aims to promote an innovation and science culture in the country through the MoU.

Labs that can be accessed online

There will be virtual labs set up by CSIR and IIT Bombay for school students. PM Narendra Modi expressed his desire for school students to have virtual labs at the 2020 CSIR Society Meeting.

In the future, a museum at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will display CSIR-developed technologies and interventions, thanks to the collaboration between the institutes’ respective funding agencies, CSIR and NCSM. Students and youth will be inspired to get involved in technology and innovation by visiting the museums.

Concerning CSIR and NCSM

In the world of scientific and industrial research, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the largest organizations with a wide range of funding sources. In a variety of scientific and technological fields, its R&D knowledge base is well-known.

37 national labs, 39 outreach centers, 3 innovation centers, and 5 pan-Indian units make up the CSIR’s network.

As an alternative, the Ministry of Culture’s National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) oversees the world’s largest network of science centers and museums.

North Carolina State University was established on the 4th of April 1978 as NCSM. Additionally, the organization is currently in charge of 25 science centers/museums located throughout India NCSM has national level centers in Science City, Kolkata, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM), Mumbai, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), Bangalore, and National Science Centre, Delhi.

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