Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect programme was officially launched in the national capital 6th July, 2017. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to 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” 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, popular lecture series/demonstration programme at Schools, and student apprenticeship programmes among others.
The government has established Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research laboratories to promote applied research. But they educate a tiny fraction of our students.
Facilities and teaching at the universities that serve more than 29 million students are alarming. Most classrooms are equipped with poor-quality teaching laboratories, let alone research laboratories.Faculty appointments are often made on the basis of political connections, caste or bribes, and
Faculty appointments are often made on the basis of political connections, caste or bribes, and funds are misappropriated. The results are: many highly qualified young scientists refuse to take up faculty positions in these universities because of the lack of infrastructure, the hostile environment and bureaucracy.In India, researchers generally start being mentored only when they show promise as young
In India, researchers generally start being mentored only when they show promise as young principal investigators. Hence, grooming the child as scientists during their early ages is often overlooked.Also, Article 51-A of Indian Constitution makes it a fundamental duty to develop the scientific
Also, Article 51-A of Indian Constitution makes it a fundamental duty to develop the scientific temper.Hence to change the attitude of young minds – who focus only on becoming doctors or engineers –
Hence to change the attitude of young minds – who focus only on becoming doctors or engineers – and to ensure that these minds get an exposure to a scientific environment with real labs, we need such programmes.
Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR):
SSR is analogous to the scientist‘s work with corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Just as companies are now expected to act responsibly in relation to energy and resource consumption, impact on animal and plant life, the environment, workers‘ rights, anti-corruption, etc., the Government wants researchers to be aware of the utility value of their research for Society