I was shocked to see the state of the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological museum, Bangalore. VITM was my favorite destination during childhood. The place is practically responsible for sparking my interest in technology and engineering. I owe a lot to that place and its models and experiments and what it taught me.
Most of the older models and displays have vanished. Barely 20 pc of the displays work and the place is in shambles. VITM is the only museum of its kind in Bangalore and children especially in high school need to see these experiments and models to learn more effectively. A decade ago, the crowd mainly consisted of children and parents who would enthusiastically show what each of those things meant. I still remember my dad explaining to me the workings of the IC engine based on the models there. Now you see scores of people, who have absolutely no idea what the display or the model is about and go about arbitrarily misusing stuff. The kids are mere spectators as most parents themselves act like primates around the displays. Most of the so called futuristic displays in the place have become mainstream products. Take for example the automatic wash basin, or satellite communication. The IT section is the most disheartning to see where the latest display of a computer is the IBM 1401 machine that looks more like a washing machine.
As a city which claims to be at the heart of the technological revolution in the country its almost shameful to see the state of the museum. Its high time the authorities organize and tidy up the place. The museum has to be updated with more current technologies and the models on display must work.
The pitiable state of the website itself is proof enough of the sorry state of affairs Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum Bangalore India