Saturday, 15 May, 2021

IITs, IISERs students to mentor nearby schools in science and maths: HRD Minister

Newswave @ Ahmedabad

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research  (IISER) and universities in the country will mentor 10-15 schools located close their campuses to ensure that students do not lag behind in mathematics and science-related subjects.

The importance of these subjects in the 21st century, Javadekar said it is vital to foster research tendency among students right from the primary schools. “For the 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 told.

“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),” he said.

The minister said right pedagogy is required to cultivate the interest of primary school students in these two 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,” he said.

Prakash Javadekar said that the MHRD has decided to ask IITs, IISER and large universities to train 10-15 schools in their vicinity in maths and science. He was talking on the sidelines of Vibrant Gujarat Summit.Ahmedabad

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the IITs, IISER and universities in the country will mentor schools located close their campuses to ensure that students do not lag behind in mathematics and science-related subjects.

Maths can be taught in an entertaining way

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 the 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 told reporters here.

“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),” he said.

The minister said right pedagogy is required to cultivate the interest of primary school students in these two 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,” he said.

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