National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), a premiere institution in the field of
science communication, is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture,
Govt. of India with its Headquarters in Kolkata. It manages 25 science museums/centres
spread across the country and Central Research & Training Laboratory, in Kolkata. In
addition it has developed 23 Science Centres which have been handed over to different
States and Union Territories of India. NCSM is the largest network of science centres
and museums in the world. These science centres provide an experiment based learning
environment to inculcate a spirit of inquiry, foster creative talent and create scientific
temper in the community. It is characterized by its two-pronged channel of
communication - exhibits and activities. While the exhibits, both indoor and outdoor, are
mostly interactive, the demonstrations and training programmes are also fully
participatory and help children and the adults alike to learn the basics of science through
fun and enjoyment. NCSM also conducts 23 mobile science exhibition units
throughout the country to create awareness of science and technology in rural areas and
provides hands on learning opportunity to rural children.
Over 12.5 million visitors including 3.5 million students visit these science museums
and centres every year and 2.5 million rural children are benefitted by its mobile science
International Conference & Intensive Seminar on 'Strategic Transformations: Museums in the 21st Century.
NCSM aspires to develop a culture of science, technology & innovation in India.