KOKRAJHAR: The Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati has initiated a 'Lab Experience Based Science Education' for school students of the Bodoland Territorial Council ( BTC) under the SEED programme of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in accordance with the new NEP, 2020. The IASST has decided to hold a distribution ceremony of teaching kits to be held at Simbargaon High School in Kokrajhar on March 7.
Dr. Dhruba Sharma, Deputy Registrar (Academic), IASST, Guwahati, informed that the objective of this science education programme is to enhance mastery of subject matter among ST students of BTC area as laboratory experiences may enhance students' understanding of specific scientific facts and concepts and develop scientific reasoning among tribal students in which laboratory experiences may promote a student's ability to identify questions and concepts that guide scientific intelligence. Sources said it will develop critical, quantitative thinking amongst students; provide opportunities to learn to use scientific apparatus and develop collaborative problem-solving skills in students.
Sharma said under this programme, till now in two phases they have covered 18 government schools with approximate 2,500 students in BTC for science education through direct teaching and/or lab based demonstration by IASSST scientist/ resource persons. This project will help to improve student's ability to identify questions and will enhance their concepts that guide scientific intelligence. It will directly or indirectly benefit over 58,000 students of BTC from classes VIll to XIl.
During the second Lab Based Science Education programme on physical mode, the IASST has covered 12 government schools in Kokrajhar district and as per the approved programme, each school or cluster of schools will be provided teaching kit from lASST after the completion of the demonstration programme.