Aiming to take science education to students in areas without access to such services, the Union Culture Ministry on Thursday rolled out 25 new mobile science museums, including one for Ladakh.
Union Culture and Tourism Minister of State (independent charge) Prahlad Singh Patel flagged off the science museum bus in Leh as a part of the mobile science exhibition programme of the Ministry. These museums-on-wheels will travel to schools in the 115 “aspirational districts”, as named by the Centre.
Speaking at the launch in Leh, Mr. Patel said the programme has been successful in supplementing formal education and creating scientific awareness since its inception in 1965. Till now, the programme had 23 such buses or vans.
The 25 new buses will cater to aspirational districts, he said.
“The buses will travel to schools in aspirational districts throughout the year except during the vacations and will aim to create a scientific awareness among the rural children. Each specially designed bus contains 20 interactive exhibits and other demonstrations related to children and rural life,” a statement released by the Ministry said.
The exhibitions cover topics like measurement, machines in everyday life, food and health, chemistry and life with focus on water, energy, hygeine and sanitation and space science for human welfare, the statement said.