Continuing its endeavor to promote awareness and education in astronomy and science and make it available to the common man, Nirmala Birla and family, is all set to open to the public the G P Birla Observatory and Astronomical Research Centre, which is slated to be the best amateur Observatory in India, at the B M Birla Science Centre.
The G P Birla Observatory and Astronomical Centre, built at a cost of more than 20 crore, is an iconic building of five floors with a total built up area of 65, 000 sq.ft. It is situated within the sprawling B M Birla Science Centre, with its terraced gardens at Naubat Pahad and is a tribute to one of the greatest visionaries and philanthropists of India, Padma Bhushan Late Ganga Prasad Birla.
Commenting on the launch of the project, Nirmala Birla wife of late G P Birla said, “Over the years, we have served millions of people by bringing the mysteries of science, astronomy and archeology, within everyone’s reach at the B.M. Birla Science Centre. The G P Birla Observatory and Astronomical Centre which is a part of the centre now, enables all enthusiasts to further their interests in research, studying the wonders of the sky and witness the astronomical world from close quarters. The B M Birla Science Centre and the G P Birla Observatory are initiatives that are built on the foundation of late G P Birla’s passion for science, archeology and astronomy in particular and the vision to serve the humanity.”