Periyar Science and Technology Centre
Periyar Science and Technology Centre is one of the premier institutions in the city of Chennai. The centre is located in the premises of Kotturpuram region of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. The complex lies a little distance away from the Gandhi Mandappam Road and is accessible to public transport. The Kotturpuram Railway Station and Kotturpuram Bus Stop are in located nearby.
Periyar Science and Technology Centre was started in the year 1983. The centre has been named after a great revolutionary leader and visonary from South India, Thanthai Periyar. The visionary was among the earliest advocates who supported modern scientific approaches in understanding various phenomena. The centre exists as a multi purpose science and technological centre aimed to bring awareness as well developments in the said field. The ubiquitous Birla Planetarium forms one of the parts of the centre. The complex built over a good 21 acres of land is provided with great store houses of information. The card-carrying complex consists of a number of galleries. The five credited galleries of Periyar Science and Technology Centre are Periyar's Teachings, Transport, Electronics & Communication, Physical Sciences and Children's Hall of Sciences.
Apart from Birla Planetarium, the hi-tech centre houses many galleries that are quite inspiring. The galleries including Periyar Gallery, Energy Gallery, Transport Gallery, Physical Science Gallery, Electronics and Communication Gallery, Life Science Gallery and Children's Gallery are some of the best place to explore in the city. The galleries exhibit numerous working models, technological innovations, audio video presentations, graphical and textual information. The centre is responsible for hosting events, conduct seminars and provide discourses on various issues relating to science and technology. The primary objective of all the activities at Periyar Science and Technology Centre is to build a scientific temperament and as such help in the technological advancement of the society.
The centre is closed on Mondays.