M. P. Birla Planetarium has been involved not only on edutainment but also in astronomy popularization, teaching and research. Due to its research activities in different branches of astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology and also because of its tremendous efforts in spreading the knowledge of astronomy among school and college students, the M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research under whose aegis this planetarium runs, has been recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO).
The M. P. Birla Planetarium, over the last five decades of its existence has hosted national and international seminars in astronomy and connected fields and has been regularly organizing astronomical expeditions for the studies of eclipses and other celestial events. The Planetarium has also been organizing special lectures and exhibitions in connection with centenaries of astronomers like Galileo, Kepler, Tycho Brahe and others. The faculty members, regularly attend national and international conferences and workshops and deliver lectures. Dr. Debiprosad Duari, Director, Research & Academics regularly delivers lectures at different universities and colleges to motivate further interest and research activities in astronomy.