CM inaugurates ‘Science Gallery Bengaluru’

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BENGALURU: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday inaugurated the ‘Science Gallery Bengaluru’ (SGB) in Sanjaynagar area, a release said.

The SGB is a not-for-profit public institution aiming for research-based engagement of young adults between the ages of 15 to 28 and was established with the founding support of the state government and three academic partners — Indian Institute of Science, the National Centre for Biological Sciences, and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, it said.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said the organisation is working as the interface between the human, natural and social sciences, engineering and arts. It is a part of the Global Science Gallery Network pioneered by Trinity College, Dublin, he added.

The building of SGB has been set up as a public-private partnership with a capital grant from the state government. The SGB aims to achieve its mission through community, and mentorship initiatives and public labs complex. The SGB’s public lab complex concept is one of its kind in the international network. In about seven months, the SGB will house seven experimental spaces of Black Box Theatre, Food Lab, Humanities Lab, Materials Lab, Nature Lab, New Media Lab and Theory Lab, the release said.

Science and Technology Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan stated that the SGB building has been constructed on the Veterinary College campus in Sanjayanagar in a space of 1,40,000 sqft. The programmes conducted by SGB will be free and open to the public, supported by philanthropic funds, he informed.

The SGB has developed learning materials such as Activity Handbooks and Exhibition-in-a-Box that are being shared with educators across the country, he explained.

The SGB is a member of the Global Science Gallery Network and has sister galleries in Emory University (Atlanta), Technische Universitat (Berlin), Trinity College (Dublin), King’s College (London), The University of Melbourne, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), and Erasmus University Medical Centre (Rotterdam).

Minister S T Somashekhar, SGB chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Additional Chief Secretary Dr E V Ramana Reddy, Department of S&T director Basavaraju, and SGB director Dr Jahnavi Phalki were present. (ANI)

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