NEW DELHI: To develop interest among students to pursue science, Centre launched student-scientist connect programme, named Jigyasa, whereby nearly 1200 Kendriya Vidyalaya will be connected to 38 CSIR Research Laboratories across the country.
The focus is on connecting school students and scientists so as to extend student’s classroom learning with that of a very well planned research laboratory based learning. The Programme is expected to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR targeting 100,000 students and nearly 1000 teachers annually.
An agreement in this regards was signed between science and technology ministry and human resources development ministry. The scheme is aimed to inculcate the culture of inquisitiveness on one hand and scientific temper on the other, amongst the school students and their teachers.
Launching the scheme, Minister for Science & Technology Harshvardhan said that the Jigyasa programme was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a new India and “Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR)” of scientific community and institutions.
Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said that to inculcate scientific temper among the students we have to make them aware about the impact of science on the society.
Access to these premier institutions is only the beginning, CSIR will also talent hunt among the visiting students for furthering the cause of scientific development.
“The program will also enable the students and teachers to practically live the theoretical concepts taught in science by visiting CSIR laboratories and by participating in mini-science projects. The model of engagement includes student residential programmes, scientists as teachers and teachers as scientists, popular lecture series/demonstration programme at Schools and student apprenticeship programmes among others,” according to CSIR.