IIT and IISER to mentor nearby schools in science and maths
 - 24 January, 2019
Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javedkar said that the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IISERs (Indian Institute of Science and Research) and other universities in the country will mentor schools located near their campuses to ensure that students do not lag behind in mathematics and science subjects. Highlighting the importance of subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering and technology in the 21st century, he said it was vital to foster research tendency among students at the right time when they are in primary schools.
“Maths should 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” Javedkar said.
He stated that it was decided to have IIT’s and IISER’s and other large universities to mentor 10-15 nearby schools and to ensure that the students in those schools are given proper training in science and maths so that they do not lag behind.
The minister also said that the right pedagogy is needed to cultivate the interest of primary school students in these subjects.
“Study shows that once students lag behind in maths and 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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