"Vigyan Gram" will be developed at Nimbark village in western Tripura. Amidst greenery, "Vigyan Gram" will have a space theatre-cum-planetarium, a botanical garden, a bird sanctuary, a modern laboratory, a museum and a library, besides heritage and theme parks.

"Besides modern scientific facilities for education about astronomy, there will also be facilities for screening films to enhance knowledge in the fields of geography, earth sciences and the universe," Tripura's Science, Technology and Environment Minister Bijita Nath said.

"Vigyan Gram" aims to grow, nurture and stimulate a scientific culture and develop a scientific temperament among the people in the region and especially among the young people."

"Vigyan Gram is also intended to facilitate 'edutainment' (education through entertainment)," the Minister said adding that it is also expected to popularize scientific concepts in rural areas of the northeastern region.

According to the Minister, "Vigyan Gram" project has been prepared by former Director General of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) Ingit Mukherjee.

Responding to the Tripura government's request, the Central Government is expected to provide Rs 62 crore for the project, to be built within five years from now.

Bijita Nath said that 12.42 acres of land had been allotted at Nimbark village for the project. He said that it would help the people to learn about scientific works through recreational and playing activities and also promote research, innovative and viable experimental works.

"The "Vigyan Gram" project will also contribute towards generating employment and promoting eco-tourism. The project seeks to develop scientific awareness among the people of all ages," the Minister said.

Formally kicking-off the project, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Thursday said,"Young people and children would learn the innovation of science and modernity in a rural atmosphere in the "Vigyan Gram". Their outlook would be broaden and they would think many thing positively when the young people intermingled themselves in the 'Vigyan Gram'.”

The project's nodal authority is the Tripura State Council for Science and Technology (TSCST), a wing of the science, technology and environment department.

TSCST will manage the science village and turn it into a regional science hub. The NCSM, under the Union Culture Ministry, is supporting the project.


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