JIGYASA a Student: In terms of the per capita scientific papers produced each year India is ranked among the least performing nations in the world where china heads the line. In terms of the life changing scientific inventions we still lag behind which is topped by the United States. The students of premier science and technology institutes are either taking up the entrepreneurial plunge or a high paying corporate job abroad. With a view to connect the more number of students with the scientists government of India has come up with a new program called “JIGYASA”
What is JIGYASA?
JIGYASA is a student – scientist connect programme that bring together the students of 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas and 38 Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Laboratories. It is estimated that nearly one lakh students 1000 teachers will be involved in this program annually. It is said that this programme is inspired by Prime MINISTER Narendra Modi’s vision of a new India and Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) of Scientific Community.
What is Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR)?
On the lines of corporate social responsibility (CSR) through which corporate companies are sought to come forward and contribute to the society, Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) is the responsibility of the leading scientific institutions and scientific fraternity towards the society. The Prime Minister has reiterated that importance of SSR to lever the disruptive technologies for country’s economic growth.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has come forward to work with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement this programme. The main objective of this scheme is connecting school students and scientists so as to take ahead forward the student’s classroom learning with well planned research laboratory based learning.
Speaking at the launch event, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri 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. Science has played a very important role in changing our lives”. The Minister has further said that access to these premier institutions is only the beginning. CSIR will also search for the talent among the visiting students for furthering the cause of scientific development.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU):
On the day of launch 6th July 2017, Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development.
Model of Engaging the students & scientists under JIGYASA:
The JIGYASA program will enable the students and teachers to practically live the theoretical concepts taught in science by visiting CSIR laboratories and by taking part in mini-science projects. “JIGYASA” is one of the major initiatives that CSIR has taken up at national level, so the expected out come this engagement would be nothing unnoticeable.
Following are the models that will be implemented to engage students, teachers with scientists and laboratories of CSIR.
|1||Student Residential Programmes|
|2||Scientists as Teachers and Teachers as Scientists|
|3||Lab specific activities / Onsite Experiments|
|4||Visits of Scientists to Schools/Outreach Programmes|
|5||Science and Maths Clubs|
|6||Popular Lecture Series/ demonstration programme at Schools|
|7||Student Apprenticeship Programmes|
|9||Projects of National Children’s Science Congress|