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Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 01, 2013
First Published: 00:09 IST(1/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:10 IST(1/2/2013)

Children in south and west Delhi will now have a chance to get an up, close and personal look at the wonders of science.

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The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has planned two science museums for its schools so that children can learn through visual medium. The museums will also be opened to children from other schools.

The budget will be announced tomorrow by the leader of the House, Subhash Arya. According to him, the move has been planned keeping in mind the holistic development of the children.

"Students in corporation schools can't afford to venture outside Delhi, like their counterparts in big public schools, to visit these kind of museums. We will do our best to make sure they get all the infrastructure and best facilities right here," Arya said.

The idea came from the concept of dolls museum and science museums elsewhere in the city where school children are made to visit. The corporation is already in talks with four government agencies like ONGC and Indian Oil, who have shown interest in funding the project.

According to a corporation official, two of them will be chosen for the two museums. There will be eight to 10 rooms in each museum and a hall for lectures. There are a total of 1,629 municipal schools in the city in which 10 lakh children are enrolled.

According to Arya, these museums will be built at the cost of around Rs. 18-Rs 20 crore. "In south, we are planning to build it at RK Puram, where a museum already exists for the past 30 years but has only pictures and diagrams. We will try to remodel it and bring in models and other aids," Arya said, adding that the scouting for an appropriate site in west Delhi is still on.


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