Prof C V Vishveshwara was the founder-director of JNP. He served as vice-chairman of Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE), the autonomous Body that administers JNP, from the time of its formation in 1992 up to the time he passed away in January 2017
Scripted and directed Six Planetarium Shows :-
Our Sun and His Family - 1989
Cosmic Journey - 1992
Life Beyond the Earth - 1994
Eclipse - 1995
Time : The Eternal Stream - 2000
Albert Einstein - 2004
Celestial Fireworks - 2006
Provided guidance in producing all planetarium shows until he passed away in 2017.
Introduced a distinct style to Planetarium Programme Production such as : use of artwork, cartoons and anecdotes and mythological stories drawn from different cultures and so on.
Set up of Science Park in the JNP campus - 1997
Introduced Science Watch, an audio-visual programme to inform the latest in developments in science and technology to the public.
What sets JNP apart is a set of educational programmes offered by non-formal methods to students at various levels, leading to a career in science and research, in particular. These were initiated by Prof Vishveshwara in 1992 and have continuously progressed and made a mark in science academics.
'Science in Action' - an exhibition of working experiments to inspire students - 1992
'Science Over Weekends' (SOW) for high school students - 1995
Hands - on Science Education programmes during summer vacation - 1995
Weekend sessions in physics for undergraduate students - 1996
Activity - oriented programme children of classes 3 to 5, entitled, Science Education in Early Development (SEED)
Foundation for a three-year Research Education Advancement Programme (REAP) conducted in collaboration with IISc, RRI, NCBS and IIA - 2000 (ICTS joined the group in 2016)
REAP (Biology) for UG students of Life Sciences - 2000