Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vigyan Pratibha project responds to the nation’s concerns about the acute shortage of high-quality science and technology (S & T) specialists available in the country by taking a long term view and focusing on growing talent among students with high potential to contribute to science. Though there have been several programmes in the past to select and promote talented students in science through multiple schemes, there are many sections of students, particularly from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are unable to benefit from these schemes. Vigyan Pratibha aims to facilitate their entry into a career in science and related fields and eventually to contribute a pool of high-quality S & T specialists in the country.
The project envisages working with Classes 8, 9 and 10 students from diverse and non-elite backgrounds to nurture their talent in science and mathematics. The programme aims at supporting a high quality and well-rounded science and mathematics education that is based on deep understanding, appreciation and a sense of excitement about the subject.
The core of this project is the sustained activity of a science circle in the school.
Science circle would be a group of interested students who would work through Learning Units developed for the program for the appropriate classes.
A group of about 10 schools (KVs, AECS, and JNVs) that are within a radius of approximately 100 km will be defined as a cluster. The clusters will be made such that travel between the schools is possible in a few hours and the teachers and students in these schools can serve as peer support systems through exchange of findings and experiences with the science circles.
Vigyan Pratibha is envisioned to create spaces with the school systems in which the young students can deepen their understanding of science and mathematics. It is expected to create a culture of academic sharing, analyzing, observing, collective learning and critical thinking among schools students through concrete learning material and programs. The program is expected to generate science and mathematics learning material that is accessible to students from different backgrounds in the country and is related to the lives of the students. The material will be developed by science educators in partnership with scientists, and will evolved with constant feedback from the students and teachers’ community.