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Department of Science and Technology (DST) Organization

Science and Technology (S&T) is the most powerful engine of growth and development in the present knowledge-based economy. It has profound effect on the way we live, largely through technological advancements. In everyday life, we enjoy various gifts of S&T that have made our life easier and more comfortable. Hence, development of S&T is particularly important so as to raise the standard of living, to eradicate blind belief & superstitions, create wealth as well as to ensure sustainable utilization of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity.


In this context, mainstreaming of science and technology in all areas of development is necessary so as to enable harnessing scientific advancements and technological innovations for societal good, particularly in rural areas.


Hence, it is necessary to disseminate information about scientific advancements to bring scientific awareness and to develop scientific temper across the society to provide impetus to uplift the living standards of rural people. In addition, scientific awareness can strengthen and empower the entire social fabric as well as to help in achieving overall development of people in an increasingly competitive global market.


Towards this, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) through its following six subsidiary organizations has been promoting science and technology to empower citizens as well as to build more inclusive, informed and sustainable society across the state:


  1. Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS)


KSTePS Serves as a mechanism to support the Department of Science and Technology in the preparation and implementation of its policy initiatives and act as a nodal agency for channelizing funding as well as to coordinate programs of the Department across the State.



  1. Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST)


KSCST is a registered Society of the State of Karnataka established in the year 1975 under Societies Registration Act 1960. It is one of the first State S&T Councils to be set up in the country. KSCST is an autonomous S&T organization under Department of Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka. KSCST has been pro-actively engaging itself to identify, propose and implement S&T based solutions to locale specific needs at improving socio-economic conditions of the people of the state.



  1. Karnataka Science and Technology Academy (KSTA)


Karnataka Science and Technology Academy (KSTA) is an autonomous organization under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka, which was established under the Founder Chairmanship of distinguished Space Scientist Padma Vibhushan Late Prof. U. R. Rao, Former Chairman, ISRO/Secretary, DOS, GoI. The main objectives of this organization is to popularize science and technology development in order to inculcate scientific temper among students and general public and to encourage higher studies and research in basic science.



  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (JNP)


Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (JNP), Bangalore, was established in 1989 by the Bangalore City Corporation, now known as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The administration of the planetarium was entrusted to Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) which was formed in 1992. The main objective of planetarium is to conduct science popularization activities, science education activities and sky-theatre programmes.



  1. Dharwad Regional Science Center (DRSC)


DRSC is the first Regional Science Centre developed in Karnataka in association with Ministry of Culture, Government of India in 2012. DRSC was inaugurated on 28th February 2012 and is running successfully. The objective of this centre is to portray the growth of science and technology and their applications in industry and human welfare, with a view to develop scientific temper as well as to popularise science and technology among students and general public.



  1. Pilikula Regional Science Center (PRSC)


The Pilikula Regional Science Centre (PRSC) has been set up jointly by the National Council of Science Museums under Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Karnataka on an equal cost sharing basis (50: 50). The Centre is located at Pilikula Nisarga Dhama near Mangaluru and administered by Society for which, Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada is the Chairman. India’s first 3D planetarium (Swami Vivekananda planetarium) was established at PRSC campus which was inaugurated on March 1st 2018. The Innovation Hub set up at the centre with matching grants from central and state Govts. would start working soon. PRSC has attracted attention of academic field by its multifarious activities and the Karnataka State Pollution Board awarded PRSC for its work in environmental awareness activities.


Last Updated: 04-07-2020 05:06 PM Updated By: Admin

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