Puducherry

Science centre-cum-planetarium named after Abdul Kalam

The Science Centre and Planetarium at Lawspet in Puducherry.— Photo: S.S. Kumar

The Science Centre and Planetarium at Lawspet in Puducherry.— Photo: S.S. Kumar  

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Responding to demands voiced by various sections, the Puducherry government on Saturday announced that the newly inaugurated science centre-cum-planetarium would be named after former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

After unfurling the national flag at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Saturday here to mark the 68th Independence Day, Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said the Rs 5.5-crore science centre-cum-planetarium at Lawspet here would be named after the former President who “lives on in our hearts” and whose “thoughts continue to inspire us to take our country forward.”

“To commemorate the contribution of former President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam to the growth of science and technology and space science, I am proud to announce that Puducherry Science Centre and Planetarium will be named after him,” said Mr. Rangasamy in his address.

Among the prominent voices who had raised this demand was former MP M. Ramadass who had submitted a memorandum to Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Government of India, New Delhi, highlighting the fact that such a decision would be appropriate as Dr.Kalam had sentimental affinity with the place and great men of Puducherry - philosopher Aurobindo, Mahakavi Bharathiar and the revolutionary poet Bharathidasan. The local unit of the DMK too wanted the planetarium named after Dr. Kalam. The Sub-Regional Science Centre and Planetarium in Puducherry, opened in May, came about as a project of the Puducherry Council for Science and Technology (Department of Science, Technology and Environment), supported by the National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata, and mentored by the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), Bengaluru.

The science centre and planetarium has two main exhibition halls, a ‘Fun Science’ section and a marine gallery, with over 100 interactive exhibits, apart from the 8-metre dome digital planetarium.

Shows at the planetarium and all kiosks are labelled in English and Tamil. The centre has a science park with outdoor exhibits which make understanding the laws of physics an engaging experience, and a children’s activity area and a science demonstration hall.

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