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Industrial Visit to HAL, VIT Museum and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: Dept of BCA - Feb 19, 2019

An Industrial trip was organized for the BCA II sem students on 19th Feb, 2019 which was both educative and entertaining. The students had an opportunity to visit HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (JNP).

The HAL Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum, Bengaluru is a virtual wonderland for Aviation enthusiasts and history buffs - an unforgettable experience that is entertaining & enlighting at the same time. There are two major halls, one displaying the photographs that chart the growth of aviation in each decade from 1940 till date and a Hall of Fame that takes the visitors on an exciting journey through the Heritage of Aerospace & Aviation Industry in India.

The second Hall highlights the various functions of an Aero Engine by displaying motorized cross sections of various models of Aero Engines. Real Engines such as Garret (for Dornier Aircraft), Adour (for Jaguar Aircraft) and Orpheus (for Kiran Aircraft) can be seen here along with Ejection Seat with Parachute; and Pushpak & Basant Aircraft.

Outdoor display of many aircrafts such as Marut, MIG-21, HT-2, Kiran, Canberra, AJEET, LAKSHYA (Pilotless Target Aircraft) fascinated the students.

A Unique exhibit is the ATC Radar parched with L Band surveillance Radar having a range of 200 nautical miles which rotates at speed of 3-4 RPM, with the frequency of 1250-1350 MHZ and Meteorological Radar. In addition, PSLV model & PSLV Heat shield are displayed to give a glimpse of forays made by the country in space technology.

Taking ones experience a notch above are the true-motion simulators that puts oneself in the pilot’s seat, offering a thrilling ride. The Museum has an excellently landscaped exterior with an exclusive Rose Garden, Orchidarium and Herbal Garden with a number of exotic varieties. A sustainability park displays working models of solar power systems, biogas plant and hybrid windmills to educate visitors and students on alternate energy sources which help conserve natural resources and preserve the environment.

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore (VITM), a constituent unit of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, was established in memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. VITM has a Dinosaur Corner with mobile app facility & a 1:1 scale replica of the Wright Brothers Flyer Kitty Hawk along with Flyer Simulator providing an immersive and entertaining experience to the visitor. The Science on a Sphere at VITM, the only one in Asia, is a large visualization system that uses multimedia projections to display animated data on the sphere converting it into an immersive animated globe showing dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, ocean's and land area of a planet, combined with narration.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (JNP) is administered by the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE). BASE is devoted to science popularisation and non formal science education. JNP has monthly star gazing, monthly science movies, Sky-theatre show every day, viewing of astronomical events etc.

BASE has established a Science Centre in the Planetarium which has become a nucleus for non-formal science education at all levels. A Science Park with over 40 exhibits is developed in the campus. Lakhs of visitors are using these models to learn science in joyful manner.

Starting with introduction to night sky, constellations and motion of celestial bodies due to Earth’s rotation, the show goes on to explore life cycle of spectacular twinkling wonders called Stars. STARS focuses on the lives of the stars - how they are born, how they die, and how our understanding of the stars has changed over time. From prehistoric civilization to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to theories of Einstein, audience will explore the evolution of ideas concerning nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes, and many more.

The journey concludesd highlighting the pivotal position of the planet Earth as the only cosmic oasis where complex life has evolved and sustained.

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