Open Space Foundation

Fosters scientific temper, rational thinking, and inquiry through nationwide Open Science movements and inclusive community-based programs

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  • 80G
  • 12A
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  • Headquarters

    Theni, Tamil Nadu

  • Since


Open Space Foundation (OSF) is an organization of young science enthusiasts. OSF works towards fostering scientific temper among local communities. We Read more are on a mission to build a nationwide Open Science movement by co-creating and redefining social spaces with a scientific temper, rational thoughts, and the spirit of inquiry. Through our programs, we aim to communicate and educate science with people, to build a culture of scientific thinking and informed decision-making. As an organization co-founded by youngsters from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds, our tailor-made programmes adopt an inclusive approach bringing in communities as the core centre of activities, thereby substantiating learning within a familiar environment, all while bringing top-notch science and technology education straight to the community.

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Vision & Mission

Vision: To inculcate scientific temper among people as a way of life
Mission: We strive to build and connect alternative education models through decentralized platforms

Donor History

1. Seth Walchand Hirachand Lok Trust, Mumbai
2. Nagarathna Micro Grant
3. Abraham Robairo
4. Ramasehan S


  • Namma Telescope

    Open Space Foundation is excited to bring its new flagship project, "Namma Telescope," aimed at providing students in government and low-budget private schools in Tamilnadu with a functional telescope to encourage them to learn about astronomy and space science & technology. In the academic year 2023-24, the project seeks to provide hands-on experience to students, increase interest and engagement in astronomy and space science, improve scientific literacy, and inspire the next generation of scientists and space enthusiasts.

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Theory of Change

The Open Space Foundation (OSF) believes that access to science education and resources is a fundamental right for all individuals, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, or geographic location. Our organization's theory of change is based on the following key assumptions:

By providing access to science education and resources, individuals can develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and a more in-depth understanding of the world around them.
By focusing on marginalized communities, we can help to address systemic inequalities in science education and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to pursue a career in STEM.
By collaborating with local organizations and institutions, we can leverage existing resources and expertise to maximize impact and ensure sustainability.

Our theory of change is that by providing high-quality science education and resources to marginalized communities, we can help to bridge the gap in access to STEM education and opportunities. Through partnerships with local organizations and institutions, we can work together to create a more equitable and just society where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their passions and achieve their goals. Ultimately, we hope to create a world where access to science education is a fundamental right for all individuals, and where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Leadership Team

  • Surender Ponnalagar

    CEO & President

  • Anupama Pradeepan


  • Bharathkumar Velusamy

    Vice President

  • Dineshkumar Ponnalagar

    Joint Secretery

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  • 12A


  • 80G


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  • Headquarters

    45, W-21, Market Street, Lower Camp, Periyar Project, Theni, 625525


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  • 2021-22

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