Delhi university’s Centre for Science Education and Communication (CSEC) was started in 1989 “as a response to the changing relationship between society at large and the university – viewed as a centre for the pursuit and teaching of science.” At this autonomous institution DU teachers and students and other interested individuals can carry out studies “for the generation of ideas and materials for the improvement of science education at the university and school levels; and for the promotion of a wider interest in science and scientific issues, through all means of communications,” as per official information. Throughout the year, CSEC organises several events for undergraduate students. These include:
Science Quest for undergraduates: The centre holds an annual science awareness-cum-quiz contest for undergraduate science students between January and March every year. Each college sends a team of four science students selected from different streams. The competition has preliminary, written, interactive, exposition and problem-solving rounds. Around four-five students from amongst the finalists are sent to the Universitas 21 Summer Schools. In 2011, four students from different colleges were sent to the U21 school in Ireland.
The 28th Annual Science Quest will start with the preliminary round in January 2013 and the last date for sending nominations by the colleges will be November 30, 2012. http://csec.du.ac.in/.
Skywatch programme: In collaboration with the physics department observatory, the centre organises a skywatch programme for undergraduates and the general public during events like eclipses and transits. These events are usually held from November to March.
Asian Physics Olympiad: Earlier this year, the Centre hosted the Asian Physics Olympiad with more than 150 physics students from all over Asia participating.
Popular lectures/workshops: It regularly organises popular lectures by eminent scientists from all over the world for the benefit of undergraduates. Regular workshops are conducted for teachers and students in all aspects of science like telescope-making, programming, geo-mapping etc.
E-forum: Vimarsh is the centre’s e-forum where students and teachers of DU colleges and university departments can discuss issues concerning their courses of study with fellow students or teachers. For more, check out details at http://csecduac.in/