Centre for Science in Society (C-SiS)
was started in 1991 in the Cochin University of
Science and Technology(CUSAT) campus in view of
popularization of Science and Technology among children. The Centre
conducts various programmes about science throughout the year.
The Centre has its own facilities like library, workshop, computer
lab, science lab, toy lab, science park etc. Children can touch
and feel those theories they have studied in their schools. The
Centre aims to create scientific awareness among children through
play models. Apart from various programmes using the facilities
of the Centre, there are seminars, quiz programs, visits to research
institutions, University departments, industries etc. Students
can do projects using the facilities of the Centre. The Child
Scientist's Forum which meets twice in every month for the full
year is another opportunity for the young scientists to get practical
knowledge through seminars, projects, short visits to University
departments etc. In One Day Attachment Programme (ODAP), the students
can come to the Centre with their teachers to spend the whole
day. The computer awareness and household technology course for
the public is a two month-course by which any one can learn basic
A few extracts from our visitor's diary are given here. The texts
are slightly edited for uniformity and preciseness.
A view of the science park
place which gives hope for the future. It will ignite many
young minds and make them invent. Invention and innovation
are what our country badly needs. All those working here
deserve wholesome praise. I have started dreaming of at
least one such Centre in each district of Kerala in the
next five years. I hope I will be able to play my part in
making it happen."
Mr. V. Ramachandran
Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala.
Vice Chairman, State Planning Board.
"This is a model and a showpiece.
Congratulations. I echo the sentiments
expressed in the previous remarks."
Mrs. Padma Ramachandran
Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala, Former Vice Chancellor,
M.S University, Gujarat.
am glad to note the pioneering work you are doing .Best
of luck and wish you all possible success."
Prof. P.V Indirasan Chairman, Naval Research Board.
Former Director, IIT Chennai.
impressed. May this example multiply all over Kerala"
Dr. M.S . Valiathan Chairman, STEC.
Former Vice Chancellor,
Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
excellent facility, commendable work; should be replicated
in other parts of the state."
Mr. G. Vijayaraghavan Former Director, Technopark, Trivandrum.
"A world of possibilities opening up for children is
what I saw here. Tremendous replication value. Imagination
is the greatest resource and what could be better than such
a stimulating environment as this for children."
Mr.R. Gopalakrishnan I.A.S Secretary to Chief Minister,
Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.
good exhibition to improve creativity in children. Hands-on
experience will teach them more specifically the principles.
Dr. P.K . Iyengar Former Chairman,
Atomic Energy Commission.
Former Chairman,STEC, Govt. of Kerala.
“It is indeed fascinating. The effort,
supplemented by creative ideas is evident everywhere. It
needs replication of a much larger scale. I would certainly
talk about it at various places and exhort people to visit
it, get ideas and put them to use for developing scientific
temper and a greater appreciation of the relationship between
science and technology.”
Dr. J.S. Rajput
Director, NCERT, NewDelhi.
The antennas in the science park
The musical pipes
The computer lab
was a matter of great satisfaction and pleasure for me to see the
progress made in this Centre It is said that large trees come from
small seeds. In similar way, I hope that a great institution comes
from these small beginnings. I join all my colleagues in wishing
the Centre rapid progress in order to fulfil its goals in a short
Prof. E.S.R. Gopal Indian Institute of Bangalore.
National Physical Laboratory,New Delhi.
was indeed a very wonderful experience for me to visit C-SiS and
learn about it's excellent activities. I myself was profited by
what I have seen and cannot resist the temptations of starting similar
programme at the Vidyasagar University, W.B. Excellent work. Please
keep it up and spread the message."
Prof. G.S. Sanyal
Former Director, IIT, Kharagpur.