Wednesday, September 08, 2010

IISERs plan mobile science labs, Navodaya Vidyalayas

In an effort to draw more school students to pure science, the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) will launch mobile science laboratories in their respective regions and open Navodaya Vidyalayas --- government-run residential schools --- within their campuses.

The institutes will also collaborate with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to give its students access to the laboratories of India's largest public-funded research agency, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) said on Tuesday after a meeting with representatives of the five IISERs.

The elite IISERs were established a few years ago by the Union government through the MHRD to stem the decline in science education. These are located in Pune, Mohali, Kolkata, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram.

IISERs also agreed to allow admissions to students passing the International Baccalaureate (IB) board. In India, 72 schools follow the IB board, of which 68 offer two-year diploma courses. IISERs will consider these diplomas on a par with class XII certificates of other school boards.

Only the top 1% of students from Indian schools and those who have cleared the joint entrance exams of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) can apply to IISERs.

Source: Mint, September 8, 2010

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