PUNE: In a new partnership, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune and Tata Technologies have come together to train school teachers towards improving the quality of science and mathematics education in schools. Their key focus is on children from lower income groups.
While speaking to Sakal Times, Endowment and Outreach Programme Coordinator Shubhangi Wankhede said, “Under this partnership, teachers of schools in and around Pune will be trained to use activity-based teaching tools. This would be an extension to Padma Shri awardee Arvind Gupta’s efforts of using the low-cost material to convey concepts in science and mathematics."
She said, “This collaboration aims to systematically train teachers in applying activity-based tools, as per the school curriculum and also develop video lesson plans for a wider reach. We will mostly select PMC schools but will also be giving an open call, so that teachers from private, unaided school can also participate. But these teachers should be from the schools that cater to the lower middle-income groups."
"This would be a two-year-long training programme consisting of some 20 workshops. These workshops would be day-long and would be carried out in batches,” she said adding that the teachers would be trained by IISER faculty, LS Shashidhara, Ashok Rupner and Chaitanya Mungi besides a few from outside the institute and city.
"A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IISER Pune and Tata Technologies will be funding the project, through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment, Rs 1.69 crores over two years to IISER Pune for this activity,” she said.
It is expected that by the end of two years, as many as 200 teachers and 1,000 students would directly benefit from the training on activity-based STEM learning. From the same pool, a minimum of 40 teachers will get advanced training to become trainers themselves.
Thus, several more students will benefit indirectly through the teachers trained by this initiative.
Vikrant Gandhe, Company Secretary, Tata Technologies, said that he looked forward to this notable collaboration with IISER Pune and to work towards achieving an important social goal. Prof Sunil Mukhi, head IISER Endowment Cell, said IISER is committed to help in improving the quality of science and mathematics education in schools and colleges across India.