Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (JNP) is administered by the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE). BASE is devoted to science popularisation and non formal science education.
JNP started in 1989, has emerged as a premier institution in India. It attracts over 2.5 lakh visitors annually, majority of whom are students. It is equipped with a large 15.0m dome and a state of the art hybrid projection system installed and commissioned in 2017. JNP has monthly star gazing, monthly science movies, Sky-theatre show every day, viewing of astronomical events etc.
Our science education activities viz., Research Education Advancement Programme (REAP), Interactive Week-end Sessions for school children, Summer Programmes, Science Exhibitions and Workshops attract thousands of students every year. Over 100 students from BASE have got admission for Ph.D. courses in premier research institutes in India and abroad. They include Raman Research Institute, Indian Institute of Science, Wild Life Research Institute, Oxford University, Michigan State University, Delft Institute, State University New York, Buffalo, University of Florida, Cornell University.
BASE has established a Science Centre in the Planetarium which has become a nucleus for non-formal science education at all levels. A Science Park with over 40 exhibits is developed in the campus. Lakhs of visitors are using these models to learn science in joyful manner.
The activities of the Science Centre and the Planetarium have made BASE a unique institution for the dissemination of science.