Mr. K G Kumar is the Director, G P Birla Archaeological Astronomical and Scientific Research Institute under which the B M Birla Science Centre & Planetarium, Archaeology and Doll museum, Dinosauriam, G P Birla Observatory, G P Birla Centre, Library and Study halls functions.
He has more than 4 decades of experience in the complete life cycle of developing science centres/museums, planetariums and thematic galleries from conceptualization, overviewing the architectural design & construction, execution of the exhibition galleries, overviewing the fabrication and installation of the exhibition/galleries, training of the education staff for effective communication of scientific concepts and development of science education kits, science demonstration lectures, science shows etc. He has designed several science exhibitions, science popularization activities and outreach programmes.
He has been a key person in providing leadership, vision and to overview the activities of all science centres/museums/city under and outside the network of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), the Executive Body of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, responsible for establishment of new Science Centres and Science Cities in the country and abroad. He was a faculty in the M. Tech/MS programme done by NCSMon Science Communication, an off campus distance learning program for science museums professionals and communicators. He was also the Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore. He has several publications to his credit related to Science Communication, designing science centres and planetariums, sustaining science centres and keeping them relevant.
Post his superannuation from NCSM he was closely involved in the prestigious project of the ‘Statue of Unity’. He was associated with the DST, Govt. of Karnataka in developing DPR for setting up Science Cities and Urban Eco Parks.
Shyam Kothari (Secretary GPBAASRI)
Mr Shyam Kothari – a Chartered Accountant by profession is the Secretary of G P Birla Archaeological Astronomical And Scientific Research Institute, having over three decades plus experience in the service sector. In his capacity as Secretary he is responsible for statutory compliances and Accounts & Finance of the Institute. He is associated with the Institute from May 2003 onwards. He believes in creating a cordial environment to foster development and motivate high performances by taking everyone together. Prior to his joining the Institute his personality was groomed in the hospitality industry in Seychelles for about a decade.
Geeta Rao, a management professional, has gained immense experience in fields such as process management, transition management, quality management, team management and customer relationship management. She is also involved in training and development with various organisations of repute. She is a perceptive and resourceful professional who believes in achievement on all fronts. She possesses strong negotiation, interpersonal and communication skills and combines it with an entrepreneurial attitude.
Her last professional association was as a customer service director with Celtel International, a mobile phone service provider in 14 African countries having its head office in Amsterdam. She earned acclaim by initiating Celtel International’s customer service department. She helped build foundations for the company in Tanzania and was later posted in Zambia to set up and run the customer service department for five years. In her career spanning over 26 years, she had the opportunity to be associated with noted organisations including Tata Teleservices Ltd., JT Mobiles Limited (now called Airtel), and Madura Coats Ltd. (a division of Coats Viyella Glasgow). She is now the Administrator of GP Birla Center.