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October 13, 2009

‘Jorhat Science Centre will be completed by Dec 2010’

JORHAT, Oct 13: Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today laid the foundation stone of Jorhat Science Centre-cum-Planetarium near historic Rajmao Pukhuri in the heart of the town.

The project will be constructed in a plot of land measuring 6 bigha 4 katha with an estimated cost of Rs 4,95 lakh including the science centre, the planetarium, the energy park and three mobile planetariums. Asom Science Technology and Environment Council, an autonomous body under the Science and Technology Department of Government of Asom, in collaboration with National Council for Science Museums, Kolkata will implement the project and the centre will have thematic gallery, fun science gallery, digital planetarium, temporary exhibition hall, outdoor science park, taramandal, educational and training programme, exhibit development lab and students’ activity hall.

Laying the foundation stone of the State’s second planetarium, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the project would be completed by December 2010 and it would be the first digital planetarium in the State. Laying stress on the development of Science and Technology in the State he said, “We have tried to change the mindset of Asomiya people regarding development of Science and Technology.” He also appealed to the students and guardians to give importance to basic Science with special emphasis on the engineering, medical and other professional courses. Gogoi also announced to provide scientific kits to as many as 200 schools and to increase the salaries of the Science teachers of the State soon.

Addressing the gathering, Asom Science and Technology Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said, the people of Asom have waited more than 20 years to get the second planetarium of the State and the first digital planetarium of the Northeast. Sarma announced, “The constriction work of the Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium will be completed by December 2010 and the people of Asom will witness the construction works of the third planetarium of the State in Kokorajhar by December this year.”

At the programme, Union Minister of Mines and DoNER Bijoy Krishna Handique, Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami, Director of National Council for Science Museums GS Rowtella and Secretary of Science and Technology, Government of Asom Niraj Verma also spoke on the occasion, while Jorhat DC LS Changsan offered the welcome address. THE SENTINEL

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