Indian adds zing to science lessons in Pak
An Indian educational expert is making science learning fun in Pak schools by using his simple, inexpensive models made from everyday items.india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 10:46 IST
An Indian educational expert is making science learning fun in Pakistani schools by using his simple, inexpensive models made from everyday items that explain the fundamentals of science.
Arvind Gupta from Pune has held training sessions for hundreds of teachers and students in several cities across Pakistan. Over the last 20 years, Gupta has developed a technique to make simple toys presenting fundamental scientific laws from junk.
"This is a cheaper way of learning with no cost of laboratories, by using junk like matchboxes, thread etc," Daily Times quoted Gupta as saying. "You don't need sophisticated equipment to learn many of the fundamentals of science."
Gupta, an electrical engineer from IIT, Kanpur, said his technique was about making learning fun. "This process goes beyond words. It helps students learn in an innovative manner."
He urged the introduction of India-Pakistan exchange programmes for teachers and for increased people-to-people contacts in all sectors.
"Such links and the people-to-people contact needs to go further... it's time for both countries to share and learn together," he said.
On his visit, he said he had been looking forward to it for several years and had enjoyed it thoroughly.
Gupta held workshops in Karachi, Hyderabad, Islamabad and Lahore. Describing the feedback as "fabulous", he said a number of schools in Sindh had asked him to start an exchange programme.
Gupta said he "stumbled" onto children's education on account of his interest in the field. He later started developing toys to train teachers and teach students.
Gupta has worked as an adviser to Unesco and is currently associated with Pune University's Children Science Theatre. He has authored 12 books in the field of educational techniques.
His teaching techniques are already popular in several Indian states and over 600 different types of toys are being used to educate students in more than 1,000 different schools across India. His training module, which he started developing in 1972, has now been translated into several languages. He has travelled all over the world to impart training.