A visit to the Regional Science Centre (RSC), located on a picturesque hillock on Hunter Road in the city, will not only help the students comprehend several basic principles of science, but also offer a thrilling experience as most of the exhibits create a sort of illusionary situations.
While the prime objective of the RSC is promoting scientific temper among the students and general public, it also provides an opportunity to students, teachers, and academics to interact with expert scientists on various topics through the Ed-Sat facility as the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, installed a Satellite Interactive Terminal (SIT) at the RSC.
There are nearly 70 exhibits on physical science, biological science, biodiversity, climate change and other topics in four galleries. Nine of them are set up outside the main building on the same premises.
“Many exhibits at the centre explain the scientific reasons behind the various subjects and issues. For example, we can experience the intensity of an earthquake by standing on a simulator using a programme designed in the computer,” explains Y Shyamsunder Reddy, a resource person, at the RSC.
Some of the exhibits were made by using different mirrors to create illusions like a train with an infinite number of bogies.
A human skeleton stands tall in the middle of a gallery while another exhibit explains the mythological concept of Dasavathara that is closely associated with the scientific theories which explain the stages of evolution of life on the earth.
This state-of-the-art facility was set up by the Telangana State Council of Science and Technology (TSCOST) at the cost of Rs 6 crore and it was thrown open to the visitors on October 21, 2015.
On average, 150 people are visiting the centre a day. “It seems that the RSC needs some more publicity to attract more visitors. Due to inordinate delay in the construction of the RSC, many people are not sure whether it was thrown open to the public or not,” said Jana Vignana Vedika district president Dr D Prabhakara Chary.
Meanwhile, RSC in-charge officer S Srinvias said that they had also sent proposals for setting up 3D or 5D theatre to the State government. “We are also planning to set up a gallery for solar exhibits,” he said.