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Welcome to the CSIR-IMTECH Science Outreach Program (SOP)

Overview

The overarching goal of our program is to contribute to nurturing the culture of scientific thinking in children at the school level and in the general public at large. We organize activities for school children, teachers and general public that will increase their interest, and understanding of the scientific world.


In order to inspire and motivate the youth to develop scientific thinking, CSIR-IMTECH has also adopted the "catch them young" motto. We have initiated a major program on providing school students with first-hand research experience. We strongly believe that such a program will ignite young minds about scientific research, and inculcate the spirit of scientific thinking in them.We started a summer program on providing school students with first-hand research experience in 2015 and named this program “Jigyasa”. Subsequently, as per the mandate given to the scientific community by the Government of India in 2017, CSIR initiated a program to make its laboratories more accessible to school children to promote science in the neighborhood schools under the same program name “Jigyasa”. An MOU was signed between CSIR and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on the 6th of July 2017 with a goal to work together to “harness young minds towards scientific thinking and inculcating creativity… for betterment of the society.”

Currently, we are engaging students and teachers from Kendriya Vidyalayas from the Chandigarh region under this “Jigyasa” programme.

Our program encompasses

  • Scientists from CSIR-IMTECH visiting aforementioned schools to deliver popular science lectures
  • Teacher training programs to assist teachers with carrying out scientific experiments related to the school curriculum
  • Visit to CSIR-IMTECH and institutional tour for school children
  • Summer program for school children to have a hands-on experience of scientific research

Funded by: CSIR-Govt. of India
Sponsors: Sponsors may please contact us.

Program for School Kids

Jigyasa-2015 activity

Summer Research Camp (Brochure)

Participants: 20 students each from neighboring Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas & Kendriya Vidyalayas
Venue: CSIR-IMTECH
Duration: One week
  18th May - 22nd May 2015 - Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
15th May - 29th May 2015 - Kendriya Vidyalaya
Name of school(s) from where students participated JNV Chandigarh
JNV Ludhiana
JNV Patiala
JNV Solan
JNV Sirmour

 

KV BRD Chandigarh
KV Sector-31 Chandigarh
KV Sector-47 Chandigarh, I Shift
KV Sector-47 Chandigarh, II Shift
KV Sector-29 Chandigarh
Students from which standard attended  Class VIII, IX and X
No. of school teachers involved 4 teachers from JNVs and 2 teachers from KVs

 

Jigyasa-2017 activity 

(Coordinating nodal person at KVS RO: Ms. T. Rukmani)

(Coordinating persons at CSIR-IMTECH: Dr. Beena Krishnan, Dr. Ashwani Kumar)

Funded by: CSIR-Govt. of India

Summer Research Camp  (Brochure)

Participants: 20 students each from neighboring Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas & Kendriya Vidyalayas
Venue: CSIR-IMTECH
Duration: One week
  15th May - 19th May 2017 - Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
22th May - 26th May 2017 - Kendriya Vidyalaya
Name of school(s) from where students participated JNV Sector-25 Chandigarh
JNV Sandhuan Distt Ropar
JNV Fatehgarh Sahib
JNV Mohali

 

KV BRD Chandigarh
KV Sector-31 Chandigarh
KV Sector-47 Chandigarh, I Shift
KV Sector-47 Chandigarh, II Shift
KV Sector-29 Chandigarh
Students from which standard attended  Class VIII, IX and X
No. of school teachers involved 4 teachers from JNVs and 2 teachers from KVs

 

Jigyasa-2018 activity 

(Coordinating nodal person at KVS RO: Mrs. Bhatia)

(Coordinating persons at CSIR-IMTECH: Dr. Ramya T. N. C. and Dr. Venkata Ramana V.)

Summer Research Camp (Brochure)

Participants: 26 Students of class XI from KV schools of Chandigarh region.
Venue: CSIR-IMTECH
Duration: One week
  7th May - 11th May 2018
Name of school(s) from where students participated

KV Faridkot
KV Abohar
KV KMS Wala
KV Jallabad
KV Ferozpur No. 1
KV Ferozpur No. 2
KV Fazilka

Students from which standard attended  Class XI
No. of school teachers involved
2 Teachers from KV Abohar and KV Faridkot
Activities Organized Hands-on training in CSIR-IMTech laboratories with research project specifically designed for school students. Guided tour of MTCC facility, Bioinformatics facility (including 3-D facility and 3D printing), and BERPDC facility Quiz competition Popular science lecture titled "Compartmentalization in Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes" by Dr. Sharmistha Sinha, INST Mohali.

Funded by: CSIR-Govt. of India

Program for School Teachers

Under the Jigyasa Program, CSIR-IMTECH has also initiated a training program for teachers with the goal of reaching out to more children via their teachers.


Teacher’s Workshop – A two days hands-on activity held in February 2018. This was a hands-on workshop wherein experiments were selected after discussions with the teachers. These experiments are generally related to the science syllabus taught at the school. A limited list of basic experiments included in the preliminary phase of this program are DNA and protein gel electrophoresis, plasmid isolation, genomic DNA isolation, PCR, and Gram staining of bacteria.

 

Teachers’ induction visit


Participants:

40 Newly inducted KV teachers

Venue:

CSIR-IMTECH

Duration:

18th May 2018

Activity organized

Guided tour of the MTCC facility, Bioinformatics facility (including 3-D facility and 3D printing), and BERPDC facility

Science lectures during training of newly inducted KV teachers

Participants:

40 Newly inducted KV teachers

Venue:

KVS Regional Office, Sector 29 Chandigarh

Duration:

23rd May 2018

Activity organized

Scientific lectures delivered by CSIR-IMTECH scientists, Dr. Beena Krishnan and Dr. Ashish.

Popularizing Science

Scientific talks and discussions with added emphasis on Indian Science and scientists is an approach that we are adopting to popularize science in our community. CSIR-IMTECH scientists offer popular science lectures at colleges and schools in an effort to engage students at an early age into understanding the significance of science and technology in society. 

As part of Jigyasa, we also arrange for visits of school students to CSIR-IMTECH and offer them tours of the institutional facilities. 

School Adoption Program

Faculty Training and motivation & Adoption of a School

Under the “faculty training and motivation & adoption of schools and colleges by CSIR Labs. program” initiated by CSIR in 2017, the Government Model High School, Sector 38 West at Chandigarh is adopted by CSIR-IMTECH for this year. The activities that we will undertake will be focused on students studying in classes VIII to X. We plan to engage students at two levels; for all students in activity like popular Science lecture and open day event and about 50 students will be selected for additional support in terms of providing more intense training. A few of the activities that we will attempt to carry out under this program are:

a. Provide academic support by involving in delivering lectures/class room teaching by an IMTECH faculty/staff

b. School students visiting IMTECH facilities (open day activity)

c. A hands-on research experience, “Jigyasa”, for selected students of the school

d. IMTECH sponsored scholarship for outstanding students

e. Creating or contributing to facilities such as a library and computer room at the school

f. Faculty / teachers training program

 

Funded by: CSIR-Govt. of India

IMTECH School Adoption Activity team for 2017-18

Coordinator: Dr. Beena Krishnan, Senior Scientist

Members: Dr. Ashwani Kumar - Senior Scientist; Mr. Deepak Bhatt - Technical Officer [Gr III (3)]; Mr. Digvijay Singh Naruka - Technical Officer [Gr III (3)]; Ms. Chetna - Technical Assistant [Gr III (2)]; Mr. Hariom Kushwaha - Technical Assistant [Gr III (2)]

Contact Us

  • Dr. Anil Koul (Director)
  • Dr. Ramya T.N.C (Programme Co-ordinator)
  • Dr. Vemuluri Venkata Ramana 
  • Dr. Beena Krishnan
For more details please contact us at:
Phone No : 0172-6665100, 6665243, 6665749, 6665468
E-mail : ramya@imtech.res.in; venkat@imtech.res.in, beena@imtech.res.in