About Us    Our Objective    Our Team


  Center for Science and Communication (formerly know as Science Park) is an outreach activity established by Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) in mid-September 2014.
  The initiative was taken by Professor Dilip G. Kanhere, after he joined SPPU as Distinguished Professor.
  At present CSEC is located at Department of Environmental Science. The park houses more than 500 kits, interactive exhibits, demonstration experiments and innovative do-it-yourself laboratories in all the branches of science. The park is conceived so that the young minds can explore ideas, put them in action and learn principles of science by experimentation.
The present focus is on school children from standard 5-9th. In addition we also conduct a variety of workshops for various age groups including adults. Other activities include science popularization programs & nature trails.
CSEC has also developed an Eco-Education Center around a beautiful pond near main building of SPPU. The center conducts various activities to introduce students to diversity of flora and fauna in and around pond.
The park is envisaged to be an educational resource center to be utilized by a number of schools, colleges, science educators, NGOs etc. We welcome the public participation in all our activities as volunteers / contributors / well-wishers, in fact all those who are Passionate about science.



 To establish vibrant science communication outreach programs targeted at school children and society
 To carry out educational activities for ecology and environment at Eco-education center
 To conduct science education using exploratory laboratories
 To conduct teacherís training programs
 To carry out science popularization activities




 :: Staff @ Pune Center ::

Professor Dilip G. Kanhere
Founder Co-ordinator

Distinguished professor at Savitribai Phule Pune University. He is fellow of Indian Academy of Science. He is recipient of Meghanand Saha Award for Research in Theoretical Sciences- 2003 by UGC and senior associate ICTP.

Dr. Harshada Babrekar
Experimental Physicist

She has 8 years of research experience and has special interest in developing scientific kits at various levels. She has more than 14 years of teaching experience at UG and PG level as well. She is recipient of best paper and presentation awards, and various fellowships and scholarships. She is associated with Lila Poonawalla Foundation (NGO) for 20 years. She is member of Indian Women Scientists Association (IWSA) and Indian Physics Association (IPA). She has written scripts for films and monoacting competitions in science. Her story for small kids related to science conducted by Magic Pot magazine won 2nd prize at national level. She was also felicitated by Indian Women Scientist Association. She has experience as editor for the magazine for kids and other newsletter.

Aboli Vishnupant Avhad


She is MSc in Botany from the Department of Botany, University of Pune.  She has 14 years of experience in educational as well as in research field. She has conducted formal and non-formal education programs, workshops and seminars in various schools for students and citizens. She has worked with Biodiversity Management Committee of Pune Municipal Corporation. She has also worked as Taxonomist in Indradhanushya Environment Education and Citizenship Centre, Pune Municipal Corporation. She was Senior Project Fellow at CSIR-URDIP.

Ashish Thorve


He is young enthusiastic zoologist having interest in nature and traveling. He has completed M.Sc. in Zoology from Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University. He has experience in molecular biology. He uses his expertise in subject to develop new models and activities in biology.

Shubham Ramesh Patil

He is B.E. Mechanical from GCOEARA, Pune and PGD in CAPD from Design Innovation Centre, Savitribai Phule Pune University. He has work experience in design, development and implementation of innovative practices in SBM for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. His area of interest is Design and Manufacturing of experimental models. 

Pragati Mahesh Kadam



She has completed M.Sc. Microbiology from Department of Microbiology, Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has worked with NGO called SPARC's initiative i.e. "Shiku Anande," which was implemented in 14 districts across Maharashtra. The project was launched to compensate for the educational loss of students due to Covid-19 outbreak.    

 :: Associates @ Pune Center ::

Dr. Z. D. Kanhere

She has special interest in conducting environmental educational programs

Ms. Renuka Potdar
Visual Artist

Graduated in fine arts from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay. She has worked with many artists on various projects like installation, Wall Painting and miniature artifacts. She also works on the material suitable to relevant environment.

Mrs. Krupa Ajansondkar
Web Developer

She is Computer Engineer & worked as Web developer for more than 15 years. Her area of expertise is in developing the Web portals.

Mayuri Patwardhan
She has experience as an Educator in life science.  She has graduated from Ruia college. she has a special interest in astronomy and psychology.

Jasmine Kaur Duggal

She is MSc in Physics from the Department of Physics, University of Pune. She has work experience of 8 years in outreach programs for school children. She has worked with Muktangan Exploratory Science Centre, IUCAA and Sunday Science School. She has experience conducting sessions for Homi Bhabha examination, preparing science demonstration videos, making science toys, making science models. She has even conducted science shows and theme based activities for teachers. She has conducted open ended projects for undergraduates, organized inter school project competitions on science days, organized quiz competitions as well.

Dr. Sarika Kanade

She has worked on the pesticide degradation by using plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and Her research area is bioremediation.

 :: Staff @ Chandrapur Center ::

Kiran Bhimrao Ingle


He has completed Masters in Environment science and technology. He is interested in environment, wildlife and research in life science. He has worked with Forest department of Govt. of Maharashtra, various NGOs and worked as environmental expertise.

Sachin Tulshiram Umare

He is B.E. Electronics from YCCE Nagpur. He has teaching experience of more than 16 years.

Shikha Ramakant Dubey


She has completed M.Sc. Physics from Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati. She has worked as educator at online and offline platform.

Ratan D. Dhanorkar


He has completed M.Sc (Botany) from Anand Niketan College, Anandwan, Warora. He has also completed a Key Biodiversity Area Identification and Monitoring Course under the Green Skill Development Programme of the MoEF&CC, Government of India, New Delhi at BNHS. He has special interest in life science and Diversity study as well as in nature trails, botanical surveys, etc.