Jigyasa to inculcate scientific temper among students, teachers

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Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect programme has been launched in Delhi today. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement this programme. The focus of Jigyasa is on connecting school students and scientists so as to extend student’s classroom learning with that of a very well planned research laboratory based learning.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Harshvardhan said that the Jigyasa programme was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a new India and “Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR)” of scientific community and institutions. It is a historic day when two ministries are collaborating on the Youth who are the future of the nation.”

“To inculcate scientific temper among the students we have to make them aware about the impact of science on the society. Science has played a very important role in changing our lives,” said Mr Javadekar.

Thanking Dr Harshvardhan and CSIR, Mr Javadekar further said that access to these premier institutions is only the beginning. CSIR will also undertake talent hunt among the visiting students for furthering the cause of scientific development.

Jigyasa would inculcate the culture of inquisitiveness on one hand and scientific temper on the other, not only amongst the school students but teachers as well. The programme is expected to connect 1,151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR targeting 100,000 students and nearly 1000 teachers annually.

The program will also enable the students and teachers to practically live the theoretical concepts taught in science by visiting CSIR laboratories and by participating in mini-science projects.

The model of engagement includes:
Student Residential Programmes;
Scientists as Teachers and Teachers as Scientists;
Lab specific activities / Onsite Experiments;
Visits of Scientists to Schools/Outreach Programmes;
Science and Maths Clubs;
Popular Lecture Series/ demonstration programme at Schools;
Student Apprenticeship Programmes;
Science Exhibitions;
Projects of National Children’s Science Congress;
Teacher Workshops; and
Tinkering Laboratories.

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