VIBHA plans India’s first portal exclusively for school students


Trivandrum: Spurred by its entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for conducting ‘the largest practical science lesson’ in which 2,000 school students of Delhi participated, Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), India’s largest science movement, has decided to launch the country’s first portal that would motivate and inspire young students to dabble into innovations and take science as a career option.

“Discussions are underway with the Ministries of Science & Technology and HRD about the portal. We are hopeful of getting it off the ground soon,” said A Jayakumar, Secretary General, VIBHA.

Designed exclusively for school students across the country, the pioneering portal will allow students to upload their innovations. The projects, to be uploaded on the website, will be selected by School Principals.

On December 7, VIBHA had made the initiative for the ‘largest practical science lesson’ in which 2,000 school students from Delhi and National Capital had participated at IIT Delhi as part of the India International Science Festival (IISF). The event was jointly organised by the Ministries of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences in collaboration with VIBHA and the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC).

“To begin with, all the 2,000 students who successfully conducted the science lesson will be members of the portal. It will be our way to felicitate them,” he said. “Eventually, it will become a gateway for young minds in the country to showcase their projects.”

About the portal, he said it would be exclusively for school children. “At the IISF, we saw school students from all over the country coming out with some amazing projects and innovations under the IRIS (Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science) and INSPIRE programmes. The proposed portal would facilitate them to carry out their innovations and create a buzz about them.”

For the latest record, the 2,000 school students of the 9th to 12th standard – 50 each drawn from 40 schools, both government and private – participated in the 65-minute-long programme. Prof. K Girish Kumar, Senior Professor of Chemistry at the Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT) in Kerala conceptualised two catalysis experiments at the science lesson and led the team at the session.

Kerala IT News