Indo-French exhibition highlights collaboration

Science Beyond Borders, the Indo-French science collaboration exhibition at the Birla Science Center, showed some rare bits of information about the two countries, such as the fact that the first geographical research in Andhra Pradesh was a program of exchange between Osmania University and Strasbourg University in 1962. The program led to the study of the natural environment in eight villages of the then united state.

While former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is recognized for his tech savvy and computer skills, the exhibit showcases the role of NT Rama Rao, who as Chief Minister in 1984 used big data to restructure the Panchayati Raj system in the state. The 330 talukas were cut into 1,104 mandals and required infrastructure mapping. After the maps were submitted, 90% of the mandal headquarters arrived where the team wanted them to be.

The exhibition also shows the role of geo-mapping in locating new boarding schools for Scheduled Caste students in 1998-1999. Initially, an equal number of schools was planned, but after analyzing literacy as well as gender and social disparities, the government changed its plan. More schools were planned for girls and more schools were located in Telangana (then part of Andhra Pradesh) as there were fewer schools in the area. The exhibit also shows the ancient trade and cultural ties between the two countries.

June 26 is the last day of the exhibition, which previously traveled to Delhi and Bangalore. The exhibit is on the second floor of the museum section.

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