A science museum is a means to communicate science to the public. It is a museum devoted primarily to science. A public facility is much like a museum but with exhibits, often interactive in nature, that demonstrate various scientific facts. In India, there are about 50 science museums located in different cities. Some science museums are also assisted by mobile vans which are road transport vehicles equipped with computing and communications
infrastructure. It is an innovative form of providing training and information.

The aim of the present study is to analyze the effectiveness of science communication through museums and exhibition in India with emphasis to rural areas. In our present work, we have conducted a survey of a sample of rural population about their exposure to science museums and exhibitions. The study revealed both positive and negative aspects of the present network. The detailed outcomes will be presented along with suggestions for betterment.

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Science museums as a communication means in India
A case study

Vidhu Yadav   Institute of Mass Communication in Science & Technology,University of Lucknow

A.K Sharma   Institute of Mass Communication in Science & Technology,University of Lucknow

A science museum is a means to communicate science to the public. It is a museum devoted primarily to science. A public facility is much like a museum but with exhibits, often interactive in nature, that demonstrate various scientific facts. In India, there are about 50 science museums located in different cities. Some science museums are also assisted by mobile vans which are road transport vehicles equipped with computing and communications
infrastructure. It is an innovative form of providing training and information.

The aim of the present study is to analyze the effectiveness of science communication through museums and exhibition in India with emphasis to rural areas. In our present work, we have conducted a survey of a sample of rural population about their exposure to science museums and exhibitions. The study revealed both positive and negative aspects of the present network. The detailed outcomes will be presented along with suggestions for betterment.

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