Mangaluru: First in India - Swami Vivekananda 3D Planetarium inaugurated at Pilikula

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru Mar 1: The much-awaited Swami Vivekananda 3D Planetarium at Pilikula was inaugurated by state minister for planning, statistics, science and technology M R Seetharam here on Thursday March 1.

Addressing the gathering, M R Seetharam said, "I am grateful to Chief Minister (CM) Siddaramaiah for his support and encouragement to make this possible. The budget for the planetarium kept on going up. But soon after our government came to power, it sanctioned Rs 24 crore. CM Siddaramaiah understood the importance of 3D planetarium in this region. We are proud to say that Mangaluru has its first 3D hybrid digital planetarium. Mangaluru needed it as an education hub. Later MLA J R Lobo approached to sanction additional Rs 10 crore. As Pilikula Development Authority is formed now, the administration will function in more efficient way in the development of Pilikula,”

MLA J R Lobo said, “We have a 3D Planetarium inaugurated today at Pilikula. In 1993, this area was a barren land. We had discussion with then Deputy Commissioner Bharath Lal Meena to develop this place. We worked hard for last 20 years and have reached this level. In 2008, Science Centre was formed and we wanted a 3D planetarium in Pilikula. We approached then MLA Yogish Bhat with a detailed report of planetarium and Rs 8 crore was sanctioned through Yeddyurappa government. Later the technical committee was formed and we went around the country to see other planetarium,”

“As years passed on, experts were called in, the budget rose to Rs 24 crore for which government sanctioned the funds. After the tender was invited, the overall budget rose up and we were short of Rs 10 crore. When requested minister M R Seetharam took up the initiative and sanctioned additional money. He has been instrumental in making this planetarium of international standard. Pilikula Development Authority has been formed now. Rs 5 crore has been sanctioned for development of road connecting Pilikula and Rs 4 crore has been sanctioned for overall development of Pilikula,” Lobo added.

"This is the 21st planetarium in entire world and first in the country. Not even the people of Mangaluru, but also people of entire state should make use of this planetarium,” he said.

District in-charge minister Ramanath Rai also spoke on the occasion and hailed 3D planetarium. He congratulated everyone for making it a reality.

M R Seetharam was felicitated during the event.

MLA Moideen Bava unveiled the brochure of Swami Vivekananda 3D planetarium.

About Swami Vivekananda 3D Planetarium

This is the first of its kind planetarium Asia. Students can experience the solar system in the 3D mechanical project system which shows the accurate representation of the sky.

There are six shows in a day, each show of duration of 25 minutes. Online tickets are also available through Tickets for the planetarium are priced at Rs 60 for adults and Rs 25 for children.

The 3D planetarium with 170 seats is the first of its kind in India and 21st across the world with all the latest technical specifications. The new planetarium will be unidirectional with a dome diameter of 18 meters and will present modern inventions coupled with 3D technology to students and science enthusiasts. The new planetarium will have Megastar IIA optical projector from Ohira tech Japan integrated with digistar and active stereo 3D 8K digital planetarium from Evans and Sutherland Computer Corporation.

The optical megastar star projector creates a beautiful, almost, real star field and makes planets, the sun and moon visible to the naked eye. The 8K resolution digistar system uses five Christie mirage projectors seamlessly blended together using E7S auto alignment and auto blending systems that will keep the imagery looking expertly aligned.

Additional deputy commissioner Kumar welcomed the gathering, Manohar Prasad compered the programme.

MLA Moideen Bava, MLA Abhayachandra Jain, Mayor Kavitha Sanil, MUDA Chairman Suresh Ballal, Director of Pilikula Science Center Dr K V Rao, V Prasanna and others were present.


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  • SS SHETTY, Bombay / Kateel

    Fri, Mar 02 2018

    It is a pride moments for Mangalorean , south kanara in special and karnataka in general that this science exhibition is situated in our district .
    But the most saddest part & pathetic part is the naming of this institute for many reason first of all
    being a scientific institute how vivekanad is concerned secondly karnataka is filled with great
    personality , Bharat ratna laurel Sir M Visvesvaraya This planetarium should have been named after
    this great personality . When will kannadiga will exert themselves . i happened to visit this place ,it was very saddening no kannadaga scientist were not given prominence, It is a pity , and of all the name vivekanada who orginates from WB where the people from these states will not allow development eg tata project but will go to other states for job it is one of the bhikari states . it is only cauvery river issue which has binded us together , This SC verdict stating states has no right and no provision during distress is a total slap on our state . We should file a suit for opposing this verdict
    Kannada should hold more prominence than Tulu as it has very rich in vocabulary
    That all apart we should now think how are school children come and get interested in science by visiting this place , hence a one stay of around 500 student facility should be provided so that our children from far flung will pay visit comforably and go back next day

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  • dk shetty, mangalore/Oman

    Fri, Mar 02 2018

    Two people must be thanked are Lobo maam and Yogish bhatt for this project.
    In this case both Congress and BJP gets 5 marks each

    i wish this how political parties must work helping each other in projects that eventually help people at large. In this case students will benefit immensely and all other who are curious about our home in this galaxy will satiate their curiosity

    Good work

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  • Dominic, Manipal

    Fri, Mar 02 2018

    There is another planetarium at Manipal, Udupi District since long back which should be given it due credit, where plenty of children from far off places visit.

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  • L n T, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 02 2018

    Some one is initiating the Engineers graduates to open a Pakoda tea canteen outside the Planatoruim.

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  • Ahmes, Bajpe

    Fri, Mar 02 2018

    I feel Kalpana chawla would had been much better name for this planatorium..

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    Great addition to the coming up city which will surely help the city's faster growth.

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  • Gagan, mangalore

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    all know this was project initiated by then mla yogish bhat and now congi leaders are trying to prove its their project

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  • Robert, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    Read the news above ....

    JR Lobo gave credit to those who involved by stating "We approached then MLA Yogish Bhat with a detailed report of planetarium and Rs 8 crore was sanctioned"

    No one in BJP ever credits and provide facts like these statements ....


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  • Robin, Byndoor

    Fri, Mar 02 2018

    If Yogish, then he could have been invited for the Inauguration as a matter of Courtesy.

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  • Francis D'Cunha, Karnad

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    J.R.Lobo Sir, it is a great day in the history of Karnataka. It is Mission Accomplished to you and Bharath Lal Meena sir. Kudos to Scientist Dr. K.V.Rao. Great Sir. It is also a right choice of name for this planetarium.

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  • Well-wisher, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    Writing from local bus stand don't write Los Angeles... And by writing in capital you will not prove anything.. now it's Congress rule... Who cares when it was initiated... Stop taking credit and enjoy the facility ... Bi

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  • praveen, mangalore

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  • Praveen s, Permannur

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    15 years term yogish bhat only sanction... Ha ha..Los Angeles ..lost Faith ..Mr Jr lobo done realistic dream....just 15 years kept us in darkness and enjoyed.. Same thing happened in mp seat also bjp won 25 years term till now pumwell fly over crying .bjp development work zero ..mark ..

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 02 2018

    Mr Loss
    What do you say when Modi Inaugurates Congress governments work.
    ಅಡಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದಾರು ಮೀಸೆ ಮಣ್ಣಾಗಲ್ಲಿಲ

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  • Ranjan, Mangalore, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 02 2018


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    Mangaluru is any day better than Mod's Gujarat ...

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  • JK, southkanara

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    So funny....
    This Planetorium has nothing to do with politics still it is politicised by some readers by refering MODI... Good ... MODI JAPA is very good and it gives good health and wisdom and there by you give good advertisement in coming elections.... Wish this is continued.....
    Another good news is a sparing between Abhay and Modieen bava.. Thank God.... Kavita being a karate champ ... did not give any punch to them while sparing... This is another drama....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    JK, you must be Joking ...

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    Thank god Modi the PM wasn't invited to cut the ribbon otherwise he would have started his fake bhashan by saying this present govt in Karnataka is 10% govt, no development only scams. Blind Bhakts would have claimed congress is copying BJP development model. Gujrat model of development is hidden behind large screens covering them whenever foriegn dignitaries come. We are spared of shame by Modi. Wise decision.

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  • VR, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    Very nice. Hope, they will maintain it well.

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  • JEEVAN, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    Our beloved Chief Minister, Lobo sir, thank you for giving Swami Vivekananda 3D Planetarium,
    thank you for your efforts and it's really appreciated.

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  • Agnello DSouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    Another gem in Pilikula. Pilikula is one place which all Mangaloreans can be proud of and a planetarium will enhance its attraction. Mangalore has rich culture and a cultural centre and performing arts centre enhancing and preserving our culture should also be developed in Mangalore.
    Also Congratulations to DR. KV Rao who was my physics lecturer in St. Aloysius College and is now the director of the Science centre

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  • bharath1953, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 01 2018

    We Mangaloreans are glad that We got 3 D Planetarium. Both former MLA Yogish Bhat and MLA J.R. Lobo has to be Congratulated.

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