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Presenting Indian science and technology heritage in science centres ( part-I)

Author: Khened, Shivaprasad

Keywords: Communication in science
Science museums -- Exhibitions

Issue Date: 2010-01

Publisher: National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata

Description: The Indian Civilization has a long recorded history of scientific Culture that goes back to more than 5000 years and with China, India is one of the longest Surviving civilizations who have made profound contributions to the growth of science and technology. Yet when it comes to portrayal of India's contribution to Science and technology, it is completely neglected or Over looked. One finds mainly a Eurocentric perspective in history of science, typically, it starts with Greece, neglecting the influences of others upon Greece and then it fast forwards many centuries to the renaissance period to portray modern science to be the Sole contribution of Europe.The objective of developing the gallery "Our Science and Technology Heritage" at the National Science Centre, Delhi was to try and correct the portrayal of Indian Civilization and present a true picture of what its contributions is in the field of science and technology. The gallery covering an area of 1100 Square meters has adopted a mixture of a typical museum and Science Centre presentation approach in its presentation. Considering the vastness of the subject and also the diversity of ancient Indian contribution in different fields of S&T, the article would require a vast space to cover the whole subject and therefore it was prudent to break the article in two parts this being the first part. The second part of the article will cover all other subjects not covered in this part and will include Subjects like mining and metallurgy, enduring art and architecture, traditional crafts, etc. while this part, the part 1 of the article, covers Indian contributions in the field of mathematics and philosophy, Harappans technological achievements, astronomy, alchemy and medicine, and other significant technological contributions that India made. This article also presents how this gallery was developed and the basis of choice of subjects covered and also the mode of the presentation.

Description: Includes bibliographical references.

Source: National Council of Science Museums

Type: Article

Received From: National Council of Science Museums


DC Field Value
dc.contributor.author Khened, Shivaprasad
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-14T10:44:40Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-14T10:44:40Z
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.description.abstract The Indian Civilization has a long recorded history of scientific Culture that goes back to more than 5000 years and with China, India is one of the longest Surviving civilizations who have made profound contributions to the growth of science and technology. Yet when it comes to portrayal of India's contribution to Science and technology, it is completely neglected or Over looked. One finds mainly a Eurocentric perspective in history of science, typically, it starts with Greece, neglecting the influences of others upon Greece and then it fast forwards many centuries to the renaissance period to portray modern science to be the Sole contribution of Europe.The objective of developing the gallery "Our Science and Technology Heritage" at the National Science Centre, Delhi was to try and correct the portrayal of Indian Civilization and present a true picture of what its contributions is in the field of science and technology. The gallery covering an area of 1100 Square meters has adopted a mixture of a typical museum and Science Centre presentation approach in its presentation. Considering the vastness of the subject and also the diversity of ancient Indian contribution in different fields of S&T, the article would require a vast space to cover the whole subject and therefore it was prudent to break the article in two parts this being the first part. The second part of the article will cover all other subjects not covered in this part and will include Subjects like mining and metallurgy, enduring art and architecture, traditional crafts, etc. while this part, the part 1 of the article, covers Indian contributions in the field of mathematics and philosophy, Harappans technological achievements, astronomy, alchemy and medicine, and other significant technological contributions that India made. This article also presents how this gallery was developed and the basis of choice of subjects covered and also the mode of the presentation.
dc.source National Council of Science Museums
dc.format.extent 47-55p.: col.ill.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata
dc.subject Communication in science
Science museums -- Exhibitions
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.issuenumber 1
dc.format.medium text
application/pdf
DC Field Value
dc.contributor.author Khened, Shivaprasad
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-14T10:44:40Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-14T10:44:40Z
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.description.abstract The Indian Civilization has a long recorded history of scientific Culture that goes back to more than 5000 years and with China, India is one of the longest Surviving civilizations who have made profound contributions to the growth of science and technology. Yet when it comes to portrayal of India's contribution to Science and technology, it is completely neglected or Over looked. One finds mainly a Eurocentric perspective in history of science, typically, it starts with Greece, neglecting the influences of others upon Greece and then it fast forwards many centuries to the renaissance period to portray modern science to be the Sole contribution of Europe.The objective of developing the gallery "Our Science and Technology Heritage" at the National Science Centre, Delhi was to try and correct the portrayal of Indian Civilization and present a true picture of what its contributions is in the field of science and technology. The gallery covering an area of 1100 Square meters has adopted a mixture of a typical museum and Science Centre presentation approach in its presentation. Considering the vastness of the subject and also the diversity of ancient Indian contribution in different fields of S&T, the article would require a vast space to cover the whole subject and therefore it was prudent to break the article in two parts this being the first part. The second part of the article will cover all other subjects not covered in this part and will include Subjects like mining and metallurgy, enduring art and architecture, traditional crafts, etc. while this part, the part 1 of the article, covers Indian contributions in the field of mathematics and philosophy, Harappans technological achievements, astronomy, alchemy and medicine, and other significant technological contributions that India made. This article also presents how this gallery was developed and the basis of choice of subjects covered and also the mode of the presentation.
dc.source National Council of Science Museums
dc.format.extent 47-55p.: col.ill.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata
dc.subject Communication in science
Science museums -- Exhibitions
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.issuenumber 1
dc.format.medium text
application/pdf