On July 6, 2017, ‘JIGYASA’, a student- scientist connect programme was officially launched in New Delhi. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement this programme. MoU signing ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Mr. Prakash Javadekar – Minister of Human Resource Development.
Details about ‘JIGYASA’ Programme:
Focus of ‘JIGYASA’ programme is to connect 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.
- ‘JIGYASA’ will inculcate the culture of inquisitiveness on one hand and scientific temper on the other, amongst the school students and their teachers.
- It will 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.
- CSIR will also talent hunt among the visiting students for furthering the cause of scientific development.
- ‘JIGYASA’ is one of the major initiatives taken up by CSIR at national level, during its Platinum Jubilee Celebration Year. CSIR is widening and deepening its Scientific Social Responsibility with this programme.
Models of Engagement under ‘JIGYASA’ Programme:
- Student Residential Programmes
- Tinkering Laboratories
- Science and Maths Clubs
- Scientists as Teachers and Teachers as Scientists
- Projects of National Children’s Science Congress
- Popular Lecture Series/ demonstration programme at Schools
- Lab specific activities / Onsite Experiments
- Visits of Scientists to Schools/Outreach Programmes
- Student Apprenticeship Programmes
- Teacher Workshops and
- Science Exhibitions
Facts about Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR):
CSIR is the largest research and development organisation in India.
- It was established as an autonomous body by Government of India in 1942.
- Although it is an autonomous body, it is mainly funded by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
- Girish Saini is the current Director General of CSIR.