Digital Exhibition on the Life of Mahatma Gandhi Inaugurated

The Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma visiting an exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi through virtual reality, on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi on October 02, 2019. Photo: PIB
The Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma visiting an exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi through virtual reality, on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi on October 02, 2019. Photo: PIB

Bringing a scientific context to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Ashutosh Sharma today inaugurated an exhibition titled “Digital Gandhi Gyan Vigyan Exhibition”.

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with a technology startup under incubation by IIT, namely, Vizara Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Delhi. The exhibition has the following components:

VR Experience: This is an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experience based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, with special focus of his life at the Sabarmati Ashram. The visitor wears a VR headset wired to a computer and experiences the feeling of walking around in the Sabarmati Ashram and gets to view important periods and locations in it by moving physically in the real world.

Charkha with an AR App: This is a fabricated physical model of a Charkha which gets animated when seen through an AR (Augmented Reality) app on a hand-held device such as a smartphone or tablet. Users get to know its history, mechanics, and linkage to Gandhi from the AR App.

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As part of the celebrations, the Department of Science & Technology has also engaged IIT Gandhinagar for organizing a workshop for about 200 school children on 3rd and 4th October 2019.

In the workshop, IIT Gandhinagar will explain to the school children the working of an innovative Charkha generator devised by them on the principle of electromagnetic induction.

These Charkha generators will then be gifted to the participating children after the workshop. The school children will also be given the opportunity to avail the AR and VR experience of the Digital Gandhi Gyan Vigyan Exhibition on these two days.

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