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NEW DELHI: Science Cities in Kolkata and Lucknow have been set up by Ministry of Culture through National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an Autonomous Organisation under the Ministry of Culture. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) informed Rajya Sabha today in a written reply.
“The Science Cities Scheme provides a scope for setting up of Science Cities in all the states of the country is subject to availability of funds for this purpose.” Dr Mahesh Sharma said.
“States desirous of setting up a Science City under the Science Cities Scheme have to provide land, share the cost of setting up of facilities and corpus for upkeep and maintenance, and meet other commitments as per norms of the Scheme.”, he added.
Here are the list of Science Cities:
|Sl. No.||Names of the Science Cities functioning under NCSM||State-wise location|
|1.||Science City, Kolkata||West Bengal|
|2.||Regional Science City, Lucknow||Uttar Pradesh|
Science Cities in Punjab and Gujarat
In addition, Pushpa Gujral Science City at Kapurtala, Punjab and Gujarat Science City at Ahmadabad, Gujarat have been set up by Council of Pushpa Gujral Science City, Punjab and Gujarat Council of Science City, Gujarat respectively with financial assistance from the Ministry of Culture.
As per the statement, proposal for setting up of a Science City at Guwahati in the state of Assam has also been approved. Proposals for setting up of Science Cities from the Governments of Bihar, Karnataka, Haryana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have been received.
“The Scheme does not specify any time limit for setting up of Science Cities in all States/Union Territories. In case of approved projects, the time frame for completion of the project as per the Scheme is about 54 months from the date of start of the project.”, Govt. said in a statement.
The objective for establishing a Science City is to portray the growth of science and technology and their applications in industry and human welfare and popularize and to enhance understanding of science and technology in cities, urban and rural areas for the benefit of students and for the common man.