The central government has accepted Punjab’s proposal for the second phase of upgradation of the Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) Kapurthala, at a cost of Rs 26.90 crore. The Centre has also sanctioned initial financial assistance of Rs 2.46 crore for setting up a Mathematics Gallery and an Electricity Gallery.
A communique to this effect has been received from the Union Ministry of Culture, according to an official spokesperson. The release of the GoI funding of Rs 2.46 crore would be subject to the release of the state’s share.
The spokesperson said the financial assistance for the galleries will come from a total assistance of Rs 15 crore in terms of the Scheme for Promotion of Culture of Science (SPOCS) for setting up these galleries within the existing infrastructure at a cost of Rs. 4.10 crore. The Ministry has also asked the PGSC to take up with the Punjab Government the issue of release of its share, to the tune of Rs 1.64 crore, for establishing these galleries.
PGSC has been mandated to adhere to the suggestions of National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata, on the inclusion of exhibits on certain topics in these galleries.