The Pilikula Regional Science Centre (PRSC) at Pilikula, Mangaluru was set up jointly by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of Karnataka (GoK) and National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) Kolkata, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India (GoI). It is administered by the Pilikula Regional Science Centre Society (PRSCS) for which Deputy Commissioner of the District is the Chairman.
PRSC receives annual grants from Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Karnataka for the maintenance, activities through Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS). Through interactive science exhibits and free choice science learning activities, the centre caters to the large population of the Region and is program for building up.
The Science Centre is set up in an area of about 10 acres, having a built up area of approx. 4000 sq.m. It houses 3 exhibition galleries, a temporary exhibition hall, an inflatable dome planetarium, science demonstration area, activity area, an air conditioned auditorium, a 3D theatre facility, library, conference hall, computer room, a small workshop for maintenance of exhibits and other public facilities. There is also a Science Park in the lush green garden area outside the Science Centre building, which includes a Dinosaur Park. The latest addition is a Planetarium of nano seam dome with a diameter of 18m, tilted at 15o having a hybrid projection system and with an active 3D facility. This is first of its kind in the Country.