The 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 computer functions.
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
"One 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.

"I 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.

"Greatly impressed. May this example multiply all over Kerala"

Dr. M.S . Valiathan
Chairman, STEC.
Former Vice Chancellor,
Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
"An 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.
"Very good exhibition to improve creativity in children. Hands-on experience will teach them more specifically the principles. Good effort."

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

Cultural Programmes
The computer lab

The toy lab
"It 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 time"

Prof. E.S.R. Gopal
Indian Institute of Bangalore.
Former Director,
National Physical Laboratory,New Delhi.
"It 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.