IITs, IISERs students to mentor nearby schools

January 18, 2019

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) and universities in the country will mentor schools located in their proximity to ensure students do not lag behind in mathematics and science-related subjects. The announcement was made by minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar on Thursday.

Javadekar said it is vital to foster research tendency among students right from the primary schools. “Maths can be taught in an entertaining way. For students to study and understand maths and science properly, not very big equipment, but simple ideas are required. Hence, primary school teachers play a big role,” he said.

“We have decided that IITs, IISERs, large and good universities will mentor 10-15 nearby schools and ensure that students in those schools are given proper training in science and maths so they do not lag behind (in these subjects). Study shows that once students lag behind in maths or science, the gap increases and they fall behind further. Therefore, it is important how you explain science and mathematics to them,” PTI quoted Javedkar.

Javadekar was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of exhibitions – one on futuristic technology and another by the American Museum of Natural History on the future of space exploration, at the Science City as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.

He also added that right pedagogy is required to cultivate the interest of primary school students in these two subjects.

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