New Delhi: Three Bengaluru-based businessmen and philanthropists – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Kris Gopalakrishnan and Rohini Nilekani – have together contributed Rs 51 crore to Science Gallery Bengaluru (SGB), India time reported. The SGB is a public, not-for-profit institution for research-based public engagement.
Mazumdar-Shaw, Gopalakrishnan and Nilekani are all board members of SGB.
According to the SGB website, the institution was established with the aim of “bringing science back into culture” using funds provided by the state government of Karnataka and three academic institutions – the Indian Institute of Science , the National Center for Biological Sciences and the Srishti. Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
The gallery has organized and participated in a number of exhibitions and mentorship programs. He is also a member of the Global Science Gallery Network, founded at Trinity College Dublin in 2008.
Most of the SGB’s activities are geared towards engaging young adults.
Science historian Jahnavi Phalkey, who created the SGB in 2018, previously said The footprint in an interview she was keen to break down the silos in which Indian school education separated humanities, social studies and sciences:
“In India, the problem is that higher education is siloed, where experts from different fields work separately. Therefore, for the context of India, the first thing I decided was that my work would not only be in the natural sciences, but also in the humanities and social sciences.
The aim of the institution, according to her, is also to promote scientific culture. “As soon as you say science is part of everyday life and you want people to relate to it on a daily basis, you realize the result is really culture,” she said.
The SGB, in a statement, said the latest investment matches initial funding provided by the state, making the institution a public-private partnership.
“SGB’s vision resonates well with my goal of leveraging cutting-edge science to innovate,” Mazumdar-Shaw said of his investment, according to the press release. “I think it will be a dynamic and energizing space for young adults, which is essential for developing a scientific temperament.” Mazumdar-Shaw, president of Biocon and Biocon Biologics, is also the founder of Mazumdar Shaw Philanthropy.
Nilekani said she hopes “young people from around town and across the country will come here to let their imaginations run wild”. Founder of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and Co-Founder and Director of EkStep Foundation also said, according to the press release, “The gallery will help more people connect with Bengaluru’s proud heritage of scientific achievement. I am proud to support this one-of-a-kind institution that bridges science and Samaj.”
Phalkey expressed his gratitude to the three philanthropists for their investment. “I am grateful to Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Rohini Nilekani and Kris Gopalakrishnan for their generous donation, trust but also their time over the past five years to establish Science Gallery Bengaluru. We are creating a new type of public space for knowledge with our pioneering public laboratory complex. While we look forward to opening our doors to the public next year, I would like to invite patrons, donors and partnerships to further support us in building – in India – a world-class model for grassroots engagement. research,” she said.