Trivandrum: Stalwarts of India’s scientific community, ranging from the ‘missile man’ Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam to ‘green revolution’ architect Dr. M S Swaminathan, will be digitally available to support a trailblazing initiative that promises to dramatically change the attitude towards science in Indian schools.
Aptly named ‘Igniting Minds’, the programme aims to connect one lakh Indian students with renowned scientists, technocrats, Nobel laureates and social leaders who will share their wisdom and expertise with young brains in order to make science education more alluring and effective. The programme has been conceived by Vijnana Bharati, a nation-building science movement.
“In the first phase, around hundred students each from over thousand schools (both public and private) would join this programme, which will be officially launched in October 2013 from Delhi,” said Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman of the Atomic Energy
The key resource persons include Dr Kalam; Dr Bhatkar, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Delhi; Dr. Swaminathan, former Director General, Indian Council for Agriculture Research; Dr. T Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology; Dr. R A Mashelkar, former Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); and Prof. Prahlad Vadakkepat, expert in Robotics, National University of Singapore.
The video-conferencing tool, A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World), used for this programme, has been developed jointly by Amrita University and IIT Mumbai.
The students can also create science-related blogs and share them with others through the knowledge portal developed by Igniting Minds. Further, they will be encouraged to create new threads in the Innovation Board. The best innovative idea will be awarded and all participants will be given certificates.
The programme consists of 20 sessions. Each session will comprise a 30-minute documentary film, followed by a ‘webinar’ hosted by a resource person/subject expert (scientist) and a live interactive session. In this interactive session, students can pose questions to the scientist in ‘real time’ and clear their doubts (via video conferencing).
“We in ‘Igniting Minds’ are initiating a movement among the world’s largest youth population to carve out a new generation by exposing them to a world of knowledge and information, which can enable them to explore new horizons with confidence, courage and commitment to our nation,” said Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, National President of Vijnana Bharati.
Academic institutions interested in this programme can contact through the website ignitingminds.org.
Kerala IT News