About the Project
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 students with diverse and non-elite backgrounds in Classes 8, 9 and 10 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. Currently, the target schools for the project are the roughly 1500 schools of the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Sangathan, the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) system and the Atomic Energy Central Schools (AECS).
The core of the project is being structured around Learning Units that will be implemented by school teachers in these schools as a part of science circles for interested students. These units are closely related to the school curricula, but expose students to dimensions of science and mathematics beyond the textbooks. Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, a center of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, has been assigned the academic leadership of the program. HBCSE and several collaborating institutions such as Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata; National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneshwar; Institute of Physics (IoP) Bhubaneshwar; Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai; and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, many others would be providing constant academic support to the teachers in KVs, JNVs, and AECSs in implementation of the programme. Even though active academic support would be provided to these school systems, the Learning Units would be accessible to public on this website. Any school or teacher is welcome to implement these units in their school.
Collecting, sharing, and comparing of findings/data among different students in a school and across different parts of the country is another important facet planned in this program. This aspect would provide a novel kind of learning environment — an environment that has the potential of transforming not just the scenario of science education but the practice of science itself in the country.
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