Rashtriya Avishkar Labs will be set up in eight government schools in Chandigarh

October 07, 2018 05:06 PM

Punjab News Express/Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: Worried over the decline of interest among school students in Science and Mathematics, the Ministry of HRD has launched the ‘Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan’ to set up model science labs. The Education Department, Chandigarh, is moving fast to set up these labs. The department has sought consent from school heads for setting up these labs. As per the guidelines of the Ministry, the department has selected eight government schools across the city where these labs will be set up.

These schools are—Government Model Senior Secondary Schools Sector8; Sector 22; Sector 35; Sector 46; Sector 47 and Manimajra Complex. Besides, government high school, Sector 53 and government model high school Sector 49 will also have these labs.    

Talking to Mr B.L. Sharma, Secretary Education, Chandigarh, revealed that each lab would cost Rs 25 lakh. UnderRMSA an amount of Rs 179.73 crore has been approved in 2017-18 for in-service training of Science and Mathematics teachers; science and maths kits, science exhibitions etc. Chandigarh has been granted Rs two crore for this purpose, said he.   

While talking to Mr Rubinderjit S Brar, Director, Higher Education, Chandigarh said that modalities have been worked out and scope of work would be assigned to the Unit of Science and Educational Development (UNISED). He further revealed that the Administration was in the process to sign MoU with UNISED. The UNISED has been formed by alumnus of IIT, Kanpur and the Ministry of HRD had asked it to set up ‘Rashtriya Avishkar Labs under Smagar Shiksha project across the country.

One of the interventions under the Abhiyan is strengthening of school Science and Mathematics  laboratories through RMSA. He further said that it would target students in the age group of 6-18 years enable them to sit in modern research labs to do some hands-on-research work and help in inculcating scientific temper among young minds, hoped Mr Brar. If their ideas are found worthwhile they will be converted to real time products and will be tested on pilot basis.            

The initiative will be of great help to the students in providing them with the much-needed exposure, hoped Mr Brar and added these would contain educational and learning resource kits and equipment on science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, audio-visual e-Content development, computers-aided learning software and hardware development. The UNISED not only would set up these labs but also impart training to the teachers regarding working of labs and teachers would further assist the students in research work, said he.

The students will be given opportunity to explore and visualize science and mathematics ideas, concepts through activities and enhance their understanding of the subjects through critical thinking and problem solving skills. The department will provide a platform to young innovators to explore solutions to unique local problems which they come across daily.  Aimed at to inculcate a spirit , creativity and love for science and mathematics among students will definitely go a long way in revolutionize the education system, hoped Mr Brar.

According to HRD ministry, only 41.6 per cent of higher secondary schools offered science streams in2014-15 down from 42.54 percent in 2013-14. It means nearly 58 per cent schools across the country do not offer science stream due to lack of facilities.

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