Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samagra Shiksha, Assam, (SSA) under the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan of the Ministry of Education to develop scientific temper and strengthen students’ ability to handle challenging environment. The MoU was signed between Prof. Vimal Katiyar, Dean, Research and Development, IIT Guwahati, and Mr. Sanjoy Dutta, ACS, Executive Director, Samagra Shiksha, Assam.
Speaking about IIT Guwahati’s collaboration with Samagra Shiksha, Assam, Prof. Parameswar K. Iyer, Officiating Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “IIT Guwahati is glad to contribute in the area focusing on the development of scientific temper among school students. Under the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan of the Ministry of Education, the Institute is collaborating with other higher education Institutes of the state for mentoring higher secondary schools across Assam.”
Under this collaboration IIT Guwahati will support SSA to conduct various state level activities in a hybrid mode in state-run schools in Assam for secondary students. These include:
– State Level Quiz Competition
– State Level Science and Maths Olympiad
– Mentoring 330 schools across Assam
– Science and Maths Club Formation in 330 schools across Assam
– State Level Children’s Science Exhibition
For the same, IIT Guwahati will prepare a roadmap, activity calendar for implementation of tinkering labs across all districts in the state of Assam. This will include:
Ø Initiating online registration of all nominated students and teachers
Ø Hosting participants during Children’s Science Congress
Ø Providing logistical and technical support to the participating schools
Ø Developing online portal for monitoring and progress showcase of all Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan initiatives in Assam
Ø Network with other Higher Education Institutes for mentoring support
IIT Guwahati has already started working on the initiative. On the occasion of National Science Day on 28th February 2023, the Institute launched the Qualifying round of the Quiz competition that took place in online mode and witnessed participation from around 5000 students from 33 districts of the state of Assam. The topics of the quiz included Science and Technology, History, Geography, Culture, Sports, Business and Current Affairs. Toppers of each district will be called for the final leg of the competition in the first week of March 2023.
IIT Guwahati has collaborated with the Government of Assam for multiple projects to augment holistic development of the region. The recent initiative of SSA and IIT Guwahati under the purview of Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan of the Ministry of Education will open new avenues for the Higher Secondary Education in the State of Assam.