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Nagaland gets 2nd Planetarium & Innovation Hub at Kohima

Minister Neiba Kronu, Advisor Mmhonlumo Kikon and officials of the Science and Technology department pose in front of the Planetarium and Innovation Hub in Kohima on January 16, 2021.

Kohima, January 16: Nagaland today got its second Planetarium and Innovation Hub building. It was officially dedicated to the people of the State by Minister for Planning and Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu during the official inaugural function held at the Department of Science and Technology complex here.

The first Planetarium and Innovation Hub is located behind Hotel Saramati in Dimapur.
Speaking on the occasion, Kronu said this would help the young people and students to learn and know the interesting facts about the universe and all about space thereby developing scientific temperament among them.
The Science and Technology department plays a very important role towards creating better awareness and inspiring young minds to explore the wonders of science. He also assured all necessary assistance from the Government towards the installation of the required equipments in the Planetarium and Innovation Hub.
Also speaking on the occasion, Advisor for Science & Technology, Information Technology & Communication, and New & Renewable Energy, Mmhonlumo Kikon said science and innovations are key ingredients for development of any society.
In this, he asserted that the Government of Nagaland is pursuing the agenda to promote, nurture and ensure that scientific minds are applied through fun learning through such planetarium and innovation hub.
Catching the young students at the early age will go a long way for the development of science and technology in Nagaland, he said, adding that the government envisions having such hubs in every district of the state in the near future.
With limitations of government jobs, today we have to be innovative to look beyond the government services, he said while maintaining that science and innovations are timely towards development of entrepreneurial culture in the State.
He expressed hope that the planetarium and invocation hub would be a step towards encouraging, inspiring and triggering the young minds to explore the world of amazement and universe with scientific temperament.
Once functional, the planetarium, also known as the space education centre would provide a unique opportunity to bring various aspects of astronomy interestingly by simulating a dynamic sky in a digital environment. Visitors can actually see the performance of nature on its own cosmic stage rather than being told about it.

The Innovation Hub will provide facilities to nurture new ideas and help develop inquisitive perspectives in youths of today. This hub would serve as springboards for new ideas and innovation and thus will help the society and economy to face future challenges and meet rising aspirations of the growing population.
Senior Scientific Officer, Kevitso Kenneth said that this centre would act as a focal point for Science and Technology Department dissemination and improve the scientific temper of the masses particularly the young minds and also generate revenue. (Page News Service)