NCSM plans to set up Science City in Guwahati soon

NCSM plans to set up Science City in Guwahati soon (Eds: Changing word in para 1) Kolkata, Nov 8 (PTI) The National Council of ScienceMuseums (NCSM), which is under the Union Ministry of Culture,is planning to set up a Science City in Assam's Guwahatisoon, NCSM Director General A B Chowdhury has said.

Chowdhury, while speaking on 'Traditional Indian Craft Storehouse of Scientific Knowledge' at the fifth IndiaInternational Science Festival here on Thursday, said theScience City in Kolkata has helped build awareness among theyouth.

He said new shows on the universe are regularly beingadded to the Science City's list of programmes, which are'evoking interest among the people'.

'We now plan to set up a Science City in Guwahati inthe near future,' Chowdhury said.

He said this will popularise science among the peopleof the northeast and help them understand scientific theoriesbetter.

Former NCSM director general and Padma Bhushanrecipient Dr Saroj Ghose said science and traditional craftsare interdependent.

Elaborating on this, he cited the examples of thecarving of the 'Dancing Girl' statue of the Indus ValleyCivilisation era and the intricate gold and silk work onBanarasi Sarees.

Ghose also suggested that the NCSM introduce permanentcraft sections in science museums and centres.

Noting that crafts always act as crowd-pullers, henarrated his experience of introducing such corners in sciencemuseums around 40 years ago and during NCSM's 'Festival ofIndia' tour to various parts of the United States. PTI SUSACD ACDACD ACD