Senior officials in the Kolkata-based National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) have expressed concern over the inauguration of a Regional Science Centre at Coimbatore even before appointing the required personnel trained by the Council to operate the facility.

Developed by NCSM at a cost of Rs 8.5 crore, shared equally by State and Central Governments, the Regional Science Centre was inaugurated here on Monday by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa via teleconference from Chennai. NCSM sources told The Hindu over phone that such a facility required at least 18 scientific, technical and administrative staff trained by the NCSM. However, the Council had not trained even one person for Coimbatore facility, as no one has been appointed to the Science Centre. When contacted, Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre Executive Director, P. Iyamperumal said that the Science Centre in Coimbatore was open for public viewing from Tuesday. The Department Staff were being mobilised from Vellore and Tiruchi for running the facility. All the personnel were expected to take up their posts in a week’s time.

“We are already running science centres at Chennai and other places and have the expertise to run such a facility,” he added.