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Website offers maths, science lessons in Marathi

Now, students from Marathi-medium schools across the state have more than just their textbooks to rely on for understanding concepts in science and maths.

mumbai Updated: May 11, 2011 01:48 IST
Snehal Rebello

Now, students from Marathi-medium schools across the state have more than just their textbooks to rely on for understanding concepts in science and maths.

In an effort to improve the quality of science education in Maharashtra, the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) has launched an open-source educational website that provides education material in science and maths in Marathi for students from Class 1 to Class 10.

"There is a lot of educational material available on the internet for students of English medium schools. However, there is no material available for the large Marathi speaking population in Maharashtra," said professor SC Agarkar, project head from HBCSE. "The content must be used as supporting material. It neither replaces the classroom nor the textbooks."

It took four years for Agarkar and his 13-member team comprising teachers to develop content that is divided into three categories of students - primary, upper primary and secondary.

For instance, a topic on light is explained simply for upper primary students and in a more advanced level for secondary students going into details on how light bends and passes through a lens or a prism. At the end of every topic, there is a questionnaire for self-assessment.

The five-year project received Rs 69 lakh from the Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission (RGSTC).

The portal caters to teachers and parents as well. "There are guidelines for teachers on what kind of teaching aids and resources can be used in class as well as educational projects undertaken in schools across India," said Agarkar. "There are also concepts of every day science and maths for parents."

Another interesting feature about the open-source portal is that anyone can contribute with additional content that will be edited before it is uploaded.

"Understanding basic concepts in the mother tongue will help these students have a better grasp on the subject and perform well when they switch to English education in college," said Arun Sapre, chief advisor, RGSTC.

To log on to the website visit: www.mkcl.org/mahadnyan