IIT Bhilai to polish talent, skill of Govt schools’ science teachers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2018 11:06:41


Staff Reporter

In a much-needed boost to school education in the state, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhilai will polish the talent and skill of science teachers of high school and higher secondary schools across the state. Chhattisgarh Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Raipur in collaboration with the IIT Bhilai and Royal Society of Chemistry has devised a programme for the training of government teachers. And to begin with, two-day training workshop of Chemistry teachers of government high schools began at IIT Bhilai on Tuesday under the supervision of experts from IIT Bhilai and Royal Society of Chemistry. As many as 45 Chemistry teachers will undergo rigorous practical based training in the well-equipped laboratory of IIT Bhilai, said School Education Minister of Chhattisgarh Kedar Kashyap who was the chief guest of the inauguration programme on Tuesday. Also present on the occasion were SCERT Director Sudhir Kumar Agrawal, IIT Bhilai Director Professor Rajat Moona, Teachers Training Programme coordinator Dr Sanjib Banerjee.

Talking to media, Minister Kedar Kashyap and SCERT Director Sudhir Kumar Agrawal said that an action plan is being made to cover 4,200 higher secondary schools of the state under the training programme. “Within a year, an action plan will be in place to train our higher secondary science teachers in Physics, Chemistry and Biology under the supervision of IIT Bhilai. Further, we will also seek help of IIT Bhilai on how laboratories of high schools and higher secondary schools across the
state can be improved,” said the Minister. Such training will result in improving quality of education in schools, concluded the Minister.

Earlier, elaborating on the workshop, Professor Rajat Moona said that the aim of the Teacher Training Programme is to give teachers contemporary tools for delivering effective and engaging Chemistry lessons. Teachers will be introduced to proven active learning techniques that can be applied easily in a chemistry context, helping students develop their knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject. They will practice using these techniques in their lessons plans. Teachers will also explore some key science topics in depth, learning about the misconceptions students may hold and how they can be tackled in the classroom. Finally, teachers will get opportunity to try some practical chemistry experiments which can be adapted to be used in settings, including those with no traditional laboratory facilities. The programme has been designed to create harmony between learning and applying scientific knowledge towards the development of the society with a mission to foster a new generation of teachers who are inspired to improve the world with Science, said Professor Rajat Moona