Central Research and Training Laboratory

Culture of Creativity

The substantial growth in the infrastructure of the Science Centre network in India generated continuous demand for technology augmented exhibits and a training base for development of skill and capability in design and fabrication of efficient exhibits and equipment for meaningful science communication. For this purpose, the Central Research & Training Laboratory (CRTL) of the National Council of Science Museums was established as a part of the NCSM headquarters facilities at Salt Lake, Kolkata. It was dedicated to the nation by the then Honourable President of India Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on 13th March 1993. The CRTL spearheads new developmental work for exhibits with modern animation systems, new display techniques, various science communication activities on the Electronics, IT, AR and VR platforms and also using new types of 2D and 3D multimedia programmes. An inflatable dome portable Planetarium for interactive astronomy education is also manufactured by CRTL with license from a Learning Technologies (aka Science First).

Latest News

  • Valedictory session of Silver Jubilee celebration of CRTL

    Central Research and Training Laboratory (CRTL), the research wing of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India completed its yearlong Silver Jubilee cel...

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  • Digital oath taking ceremony on National Unity Day

    Date: 31/10/2018 Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated a unique digital exhibition titled “United India: Sardar Patel” on 31st October 2016 at the Na...

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  • Popular Lecture on Edible Cutlery

    Date: 11/05/2018 A lecture on 'Edible Cutlery' was organised at CRTL, Kolkata on 11 May 2018 as a part of popular lecture series to mark the Silver Jubilee year celebration of CRTL...

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  • PLASTIC POLLUTION CONTROL

    Dated: 26/06/2018 Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic poll...

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  • VIRTUAL EXPERIENTIAL MUSEUM

    Virtual Experiential Museum

    Under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture, CRTL has undertaken the responsibility of developing a model city heritage learning centre in the form of a virtual Experiential Museum (VEM). This model...

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A. D. CHOUDHURY

DIRECTOR GENERAL, National Council of Science Museums

Science Centres all over the world thrive upon the engine of creativity. Early on in the development of the National Council of Science Museums, its founding stalwarts like Sri Amalendu Bose, Dr. Saroj Ghose, Sri Samar Bagchi, Sri R M Chakrabarti etc. realized that to perpetuate the science centre movement in India, NCSM has to ...

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S. P. PATHAK

DIRECTOR, Central Research & Training Laboratory

Here in CRTL, we are curious. And we love to make this trait contagious. The importance of intellectual curiosity can hardly be discounted. CRTL was formed with a mandate of not to repeat but to create. And therein curiosity served as our mantra. Believing that a curious mind is an ever active mind, a group of eng...

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Latest Projects

Uniting India: Sardar Patel Exhibition

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated a unique digital exhibition titled “United India: Sardar Patel”...

National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC)

The National Museum of Indian Cinema (MNIC), a first-of-its-kind in India, was developed by CRTL in collaboration with the Films division and the...

Shri Chaitanya Mahapravu Museum

On the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, CRTL has taken up the responsibility of developing the first ever museum o...

Hall of Biomedical Genomics

In collaboration with the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics CRTL is developing a 2000 sq. ft. display hall on the cutting edge sci...