Introduction, Aims & Objectives

The Community Science Centre (CSC) was established on 8th of June 2004, and was initially housed in the Department of Physics SPU Vidyanagar. The Centre got its present name after a generous donation of Rs. 26/- Lakhs by Shri Chunibhai Chandubhai Patel (Kotastonewala) of Karamsad. The Centre has been recognized as the Anand District Community Science Centre by the Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (Gujcost) Department of Science & Technology govt. of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. The CSC was moved to its present premises in 2007, and has also seen an expansion in terms of infrastructure and facilities as well as scientific activities and programmes spread over the Anand District. This is the only CSC being run under a University set-up in Gujarat.

The Centre works with a broad vision and aim of taking science to people and bringing people to science. Our mission is to create interest, enthusiasm and awareness in science including mathematics, by working for students, teachers and common public. We motivate students and teachers to inculcate and bring out creativity through informal and non-formal programmes. Every opportunity is explored to interact with them to discuss matters and issues related to Science, technology and our development. Regular activities are carried out to support Science and Mathematics education especially in schools in Anand district. It has also been our objective to collaborate with individuals and institutions in the above tasks, true to the spirit of a Community Science Centre.

We now aim to carry out almost 175 activities and programmes during a year i. e. about 200 available working days, as per the Gujcost guidelines. A general list of the year-round programmes is given in Appendix I.