Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Rohini Nilekani, Kris Gopalakrishnan jointly pledge Rs 51 crore to Science Gallery Bengal

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Rohini Nilekani and Kris Gopalakrishnan have jointly contributed Rs 51 crore to Science Gallery Bengaluru (SGB), a public non-profit institution for research-based engagement targeting young adults.

This fund matches the capital investment made by the Government of Karnataka and firmly establishes SGB as a public-private partnership for public engagement in research and a mission to “return science to culture,” a statement said on Monday. of GBS.

Mazumdar-Shaw – Founder, Mazumdar Shaw Philanthropy and Chairman of Biocon & Biocon Biologics; Rohini Nilekani – President of the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and co-founder and director of the EkStep Foundation; and Gopalakrishnan, chairman of Axilor Ventures and co-founder of Infosys, are also members of the SGB board of directors.

“This is the highest single contribution ever made by an individual or organization towards any Science Gallery in the international network,” the statement said.

The contribution made goes largely to the installation of the new SGB building, which will include a Public Laboratory Complex with six experimental spaces: Natural Sciences Laboratory, Food Laboratory, Materials Laboratory and workshop, New Media Laboratory, Theater of Black Box and Theory Laboratory. .

The Karnataka government provided the land and seed capital for the construction, and also pledged to support the institution by covering a third of its cost of operations every year, according to the statement.

SGB ​​was created in 2015 under the supervision of ISN Prasad, the then Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology.

“I believe that SGB will be a vibrant and energizing space for young adults that is critical to developing a scientific character in society,” said Mazumdar-Shaw.

Rohini Nilekani added, “I hope that the youth of the city and the country will come here to unleash their imagination. The Gallery will help more citizens to connect with Bangalore’s proud legacy of scientific achievement.”

“I urge young tech entrepreneurs to help build Science Gallery Bengaluru as a hub where scholars from all institutions talk to each other across disciplinary boundaries,” said Gopalakrishnan.