The Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute of Basic Sciences (SRIBS) is collaborating with the state Department of Education on a new initiative to look into the remoulding of science content taught in schools and ways to strengthen laboratories in educational institutions.
SRIBS, which operates under the umbrella of the Kerala Science Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), will also explore how research results and innovations can be disseminated more quickly and effectively.
The collaboration is the result of suggestions and recommendations that came up at a day-long workshop held at KSCSTE on Tuesday to chalk out programmes to accelerate science teaching and learning in Kerala’s schools.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr K Elangovan, Secretary, General Education, and chaired by Shri A Shahjahan, Director of Public Instruction. Professor V N Rajasekharan Pillai, Executive Vice President of KSCSTE delivered the keynote address at the inauguration. He said the council will sign a memorandum of understanding with the education department on Teachers’ Day this year for a package to improve science education in schools.
Workshop participants included principals of District Institutes of Education & Training and specialists who look after district science clubs. They made creative suggestions to for schemes to inculcate a new scientific culture in schools.