Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect programme has been officially launched. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) will jointly implement this programme.
- 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 Jigyasa programme was inspired by “Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR)” of scientific community and institutions.
- The “JIGYASA” would inculcate the culture of inquisitiveness on one hand and scientific temper on the other, amongst the school students and their teachers.
- The Programme is expected to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR targeting 100,000 students and nearly 1000 teachers annually.
- 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.
- Lab specific activities / Onsite Experiments.
- Visits of Scientists to Schools/Outreach Programmes.
- Science and Maths Clubs.
- Popular Lecture Series/ demonstration programme at Schools.
- Student Apprenticeship Programmes.
- Science Exhibitions..
- Projects of National Children’s Science Congress.
- Teacher Workshops.
- Tinkering Laboratories.
“JIGYASA” is one of the major initiative taken up by CSIR at national level, during its Platinum Jubilee Celebration Year. CSIR is widening and deepening its Scientific Social Responsibility further with the programme.
- Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India, a premier national R&D organisation, is among the world’s largest publicly funded R&D organisation. CSIR’s pioneering sustained contribution to S&T human resource development is acclaimed nationally.
- It was established by the Government of India in 1942 is an autonomous body that has emerged as the largest research and development organisation in India. It runs thirty-seven laboratories and thirty-nine field stations or extension centres throughout the nation, with a collective staff of over 17,000 workers. Although it is mainly funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, it operates as an autonomous body through the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
- CSIR has been contributing for several decades for socio-economic development in the country. It has been through development and deployment of knowledge base focused at Technology and Innovation. CSIR has also been playing a key role in human resource development, in particular training of the young researchers through Ph. D. programmes in diverse fields.