As early as 1977,
Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST)
identified a project on
"Popularisation of Science".
Prof. M. A. Sethu Rao, the then Joint Secretary of the KSCST initiated the
project as its convener. The objectives of the project were two fold:
To bring together several individuals and groups
in Karnataka already engaged in tasks of popularisation of Science.
To publish a science monthly in
Kannada (Bala Vijnana).
These objectives were fulfilled and
Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat (KRVP)
was founded in 1980 as an
autonomous registered society started with 25 units in the beginning and
now it is an organisation of about 500 units, 4 large science centres and
42 small science centres spread across the length and breadth of
Karnataka. Activists and promoters of KRVP include scientists, teachers,
administrators, doctors and other professionals.
Rajya Vijnana Parishat has been honoured with the State Environment
Award for the year 2010-11, in recognition of the contribution made for
the cause of conservation and protection of Environment. The award has
been instituted by Forest, Ecology & Environment Department, Karnataka
Pollution Control Board, Government of Karnataka.
Vijnana Parishat has bagged the Inaugural
National Award in the year 1988
best institutional efforts for popularising Science & Technology
instituted by National Council for Science and Technology Communication of
Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.