CM opens Regional Science Centre in Pilikula

Encourage scientific temperament among students, Siddaramaiah tells parents, teachers .

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called upon the students to develop interest in basic sciences.

Speaking after inaugurating Pilikula Regional Science Centre which was conceptualised, designed and developed by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) with the active support of Department of Science and Technology of Karnataka government here on Wednesday, he said that without knowledge on basic sciences, even Mars Mission would not have been possible. Along with doctors and engineers, students should become scientists by taking up keen interest in the study of basic sciences. 

“Inspite of being a literate DK district, superstitious beliefs are practiced in the district. Parents and teachers have to encourage scientific temperament among students,” he said. 

Emphasising on the importance of inculcating a scientific temperament among students, the CM said that what was needed above all was a connection between science, life and society. There is a need to develop scientific outlook. 

The State government has decided to establish sub science centres in all the districts. The Central government should support the state in this regard.  Siddaramaiah said that progress in science and technology should be utilised for the progress of the society. On the one hand, science and technology has made tremendous progress, and on the other, superstitious beliefs are still haunting the society. There are a few vested interests who support such superstitious beliefs and orthodoxy. 

Article 51A(h) of the Constitution speaks on developing the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry. “We have to follow the Constitution and develop the questioning attitude to bring in changes in the society. The students should develop scientific temper and rationalism,” said the CM. The State government is committed to support the science and technology. Though DK has achieved cent per cent literacy, there is a need to secure cent per cent in science literacy. 

Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shripad Naik said that the progress in information and technology biotechnology and nano technology should be used for building the nation. The bio-diversity gallery at the science centre is first of its kind in India. The amazing biodiversity of life of Earth and its interaction with the surrounding ecosystem plays a crucial role in the sustenance of natural resources. 

The gallery on frontiers of technology deals with recent trends in technology and talks about development in the field of science and technology and its impact to change our life style. 

The outdoor science park at the Centre takes science beyond the four walls of the centre and makes science an easy to learn. 

Minister for Planning and Statistics, IT, BT, Science and Technology S R Patil appealed to the Union Minister to release funds for the Knowledge Resource Centre for Science and Technology at Suttur in Mysore. The cost of the project is Rs 17 crore. 

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