In order to give impetus and to further the science and technology related activities in the State of Karnataka as well as to popularize science among different cross sections of civil society, especially in rural areas, Government of Karnataka established “Karnataka Science and Technology Academy” under the Chairmanship of Late Prof. U.R. Rao, an internationally renowned Space Scientist and Former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) / Secretary, DOS, Govt. of India on July 30, 2005 vide GO No. ವಿಯಇ ವಿತ್ರಮ 2005. Academy was registered as a Society under Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 on 06th April, 2009.
KSTA is carrying out many dovetailed programs across the state and it has been playing a pivotal role in providing impetus for basic science education and popularization of science among different cross sections of society, more particularly among rural students.
KSTA has 15 members comprising of eminent Scientists and educationalists as well as Principal Secretaries / Secretaries of the Government Departments.