Agastya Foundation, Bangalore, will set up science creativity centres in Raichur, Bidar, Gulbarga, Bagalkot, Shimoga and Dharwad districts, with Raichur as the apex centre.

The centres, in cooperation with the Education Department, will impart science education among schoolchildren.

A meeting was held in this regard on Thursday between the representatives of the foundation, the district administration and the Education Department officials. Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar, Deputy Director of Public Instruction Amrut Bettad, secretary of the District Science Centre C.D. Patil, and Nitin Desai, a representative of the foundation, attended the meeting.

Mr. Desai requested the district administration to grant permission to set up the apex centre at Raichur, at an estimated cost of Rs. 13 crore. About 50 acres of land is required for this purpose. He said the centres would work in association with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana programme.

The Deputy Commissioner, who is also chairman of the District Science Centre, said that of the 50 acres of Government land on the outskirts of Raichur, 10 acres was owned by the District Science Centre. However, he said, he had no powers to allot more than 10 acres to any organisation involved in social activities. Any such proposal should be submitted to the Government for approval.

He said that the district administration would allot about 20 acres near the District Science Centre to the Education Department.

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