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Recent Events - December 2017

Cricket Connects: India-England Exhibition
The year 2017 was declared as the India-UK Year of Culture. To commemorate this several cultural activities, programmes and events have been held in India and England with support from the Government of India and UK. As a part of this, Nehru Science Centre, a unit of National Council of Science Museum, on behalf of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India developed and organised “Cricket Connects: India-England” exhibition. The exhibition was formally inaugurated at the historic Lords Stadium in London, during the Championship trophy in June 2017 in the august presence of the entire Indian cricket team and several other leading cricket players from India and England. After subsequently organising the exhibitions at Nehru Centre, London, Birmingham and Edinburg, the exhibition was organised at Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai. It was inaugurated by cricket legends Shri Sunil Gavaskar and Shri Dilip Vengsarkar on 1st December, 2017 at the Centre. About 280 visitors including people from press media, students, teachers and general public visited the exhibition.

Panel Discussion
As a part of Toilet Manifesto Exhibition which was inaugurated on 30th November at the Centre, 2 Panel Discussion programmes were organised at the Centre on 1st and 2nd December, 2017 in association with MAD(E) in Mumbai and Observer Research Foundation.

On 1st December, Panel Discussion was organised on the topic ‘Toilet Manifesto Typological Investigations in Public Sanitation’. Galaxy of Panelists,  Ar Kalpit Asher, Mad(e) in Mumbai, Shri Sudheendra Kulkarni, Chairman, ORF Mumbai, Shri Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of A Ward and Nodal Officer of Swachh Bharat Mission, MCGM,  Prof Amita Bhide, Dean, School of Habitat Studies, TISS, Shri Yusuf Kabir, WASH Programme Specialist, UNICEF, Shri Divyang Waghela, Head - Tata Water Mission, Tata Trusts, Smt Pratima Joshi, Executive Director, Shelter Associates, Pune, Shri Dayanand Jadhav, Executive Director, Triratna Prerana Mandal, Prof Kishor Munshi, IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay,  Ar Rohan Shivkumar, Dean, Research & Academic Development, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture & Environmental Studies discussed various issues on the topic and gave their valuable remarks. Shri Sudheendra Kulkarni, Chairman, ORF Mumbai moderated the discussion. About 160 visitors attended the programme.

On 2nd December, Panel Discussion titled 'Decoding Infrastructures'  was organised. The discussion was conducted by a team of  Architects from 'Mumbai Architecture Project' (MAP) namely, Mr. Robert Verrijt, Architecture Brio,  MR. Hussain Indorewala, Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture & Environmental Studies,  Mr. Rohan Chavan, RCA, Mr. Kalpit Ashar, MAD(E) IN MUMBAI and  Ms. Mayuri Sisodia, MAD(E) IN MUMBAI. Discussion was moderated by Mumbai Architecture Project (MAP). About 200 visitors attended the programme.

The programme was supported by Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Covestro, and JAIN (Jain Irrigation System Limited).

Aviation Day
The Centre in collaboration with Aeronautical Society of India, Mumbai Branch organised  Aviation Day programme on 2nd  December, 2017. Various  contests like Aviation Quiz, Aviation Elocution Contests on the topics  ‘Should Air India be privatized?’ ‘Why should we spend money in exploring space?’ and Need for growth of Aviation in India both commercial and  general’ and also the Problem Solving Contest on the topics  ‘Improving safety aspects in Aviation’,  ‘Methods to increase the endurance of Drone’ and  ‘Should standees be permitted in short duration flight (one hour)’ were organised. In all about 290 students, teachers and members of Aeronautical Society of India participated in the programme.

17th Annual Conference of the Association of Science Museums, India
The 17th Annual Conference of the Association of the Science Museums/Centres, India (ASCMI) was held at the Centre from 8th to 10th December 2017 on the theme ‘Science Museums/Centres: Pushing towards Inclusiveness’.  The 34 participants from 26 science museums/centres of India took part in the deliberations, discussions and interactions and shared useful professional knowledge and experiences. The conference was inaugurated by Dr Sekhar Basu, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy. In his inaugural address he congratulated NCSM and science centre/museum fraternity for the wonderful work of science popularisation as he himself was motivated to be a scientist owing to a visit to science museum in Kolkata. Shri A S Manekar, DG, NCSM overviewed the inclusion agenda of the Science Centres and Museums in his keynote address. 18 other delegates also made presentations on the relevant theme and shared the initiatives on their attempt to include all sections of society in science museums/centres visit. The delegates strongly felt that Science Museums/Centres play a strong role in the inclusive and active participation of various societal groups for effective communication of Science and Technology through various exhibitions, exhibits and outreach programmes. Issues and techniques on financial inclusion, methods for making science centres inclusive in terms of physical, intellectual, cultural, demographic and digital were discussed. New technologies and displays devised for value addition for all audience were also deliberated. Programmes for all section of societies were proposed and deliberated to make their visits more effective and enjoyable. The delegates strongly felt that the activities of Science Centres & Science Museums (SCSMs) may suitably be reflected in the National Education Policy of the Government of India as they are actively involved in promoting non-formal science education in the country. Hence an appeal may be made to the Chairman of the National Education Policy Committee to give emphasis on SCSMs role in promoting non-formal science education in the upcoming NEP. The Conference ended with a vote of thanks to the Director, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai and his team for the commendable arrangements and making the conference a grand success. 

Avishkaar Inter-Collegiate Science Quiz
The Final round of Avishkaar Inter-Collegiate Science Quiz Contest was organised at the Centre on 11th December, 2017. 4 College teams comprising of 2 students each participated in the final round. Questions based on general science and technology, experiments, puzzle, google-doodle rounds were asked.  The quiz was witnessed by 250 audience.

Western India Science Fair
The Western India Science Fair was organized at Centre during 13th – 16th December, 2017 with active support from Education Departments of Govt. of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa and Department of Science & Technology, Rajasthan. In all 89 students and teachers participated in the Fair with 30 student projects and 15 teaching aids. These projects/teaching aids were on display during the Western India Science Fair 2017-2018. Prof.Kavi Arya, Head, Computer Science & Engineering Dept., Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, Mumbai inaugurated the Fair on 13th December, 2017 and also enlightened the students on the theme ‘e-yantra’ project. On 14th  December 2017, a popular talk was deliberated by Dr. James Beacham, LHC, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland on theme ‘In search of Dark Matter using Large Hadron Collider’. Prof. Mayank Vahia, Scientist, TIFR was the Chief Guest for Valediction and prize distribution function and also addressed the participants about various technologies and their uses.

Besides the display of students projects and teaching aids, the participants were also exposed to various activities of Nehru Science Centre such as sky observation programme, science demonstration lectures, 3-D film show, Spark Theatre, Science on Sphere, Science Odyssey, Meet the Scientist programme etc.  Special shows on Liquid Nitrogen & Fun Science were also arranged for the participants. Apart from these stalls of Educational Resource material were also set up in the fair.

Panels of judges individually in the Student Project and Teaching Aids Competition evaluated the projects for creativity, practical usage, technical skill, the skill of expression, information displayed. About 6439 students, teachers & general visitors witnessed the Science Fair. 

Verbal Rounds of Inter-School Science Quiz Contest
8 Verbal rounds of Inter-School Science Quiz Contest for English medium schools and 4 rounds for Marathi medium schools were conducted at the Centre during the period from 18th to 22nd December, 2017  in collaboration with Rotary Club of Bombay Pier and Rotary Club of Bombay Queen City. Total 176 students from 44 schools participated in the verbal rounds. The quiz rounds were witnessed by  50 audience.