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Five-day innovation and entrepreneurship session for teachers in Pune

The session, which is being organised by KPIT technologies, in association with Jnana Prabodhini Prashala, will go on till July 25.

pune Updated: Jul 23, 2018 16:31 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
School teachers during the session on entrepreneurship and innovation at Jnana Probodini centre at Sadashiv peth on Sunday. (RAHUL RAUT/HT Photo )

In order to sow the seeds of innovation in the minds of educators so that knowledge can eventually trickle down to their students, KPIT technologies, in association with Jnana Prabodhini Prashala, organised a special five-day session on innovation and entrepreneurship, starting Saturday. The session from July 21 to July 25 is for teachers of schools with Atal tinkering laboratories (ATL).

The laboratories have been setup under the central government’s flagship programme, Atal innovation mission (AIM) to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Indian schools, universities, and industries. As part of the partnership, KPIT has been organising workshops, boot camps, innovation contests, and science exhibitions for teachers and students enrolled in the mission.

Following the inauguration on July 21, and a session on basic electronics, 20 teachers from 20 different schools in and around Pune assembled at the Sadashiv Peth centre of Jnana Prabodhini for a session on advanced electronics and energy sustainability, on Sunday. The morning session, conducted by Santosh Gondhalekar, a clean and green energy expert, was focused on social problem-solving by understanding various technologies, government policies for social welfare, and how to make them sustainable.

Kalpesh Kophale, an engineer-turned-educator, at Jnana Prabodhini Navanagar Vidyalaya, Nigdi, and a participant, said, “As an engineer, I am familiar with various equipment, but when teaching students from Class 6 to Class 10, you need to know the concepts well enough to break them down to their level, from the industrial standards I am used to. The workshop helped me understand that.”

The next three days will concentrate on various other topics, such as intellectual property rights, mechanical training, and 3D printing, in order to upgrade the school teachers in both theoretical and practical hands-on knowledge.

Speaking about the objective behind the initiative, Paresh Shinde, coordinator, Atal tinkering lab (ATL), at Jnana Prabodhini Prashala, said,“The government can introduce new avenues of change, but change cannot happen all by itself within a night. Efforts need to be made from all the levels; national, state and local levels; to make the change happen. The workshop by Jnana Prabodhini and KPIT was to further NITI Aayog’s vision to further the education of school children through innovation and hands-on experience. This is to implement the vision on a grassroots level, to give teachers from ATL schools exposure to the concept of tinkering, and help them understand newage technologies including 3D printing and robotics.”

Under the initiative, till date, 5,000 schools across India have had the opportunity to adapt Atal tinkering labs, out of which 200 are in Maharashtra, and 60 in Pune. “The workshop was to cater to the technical and conceptual support needed for the students in the lab. The trained teachers will now perform the added task of facilitators, helping students independently learn the interesting complications of science,” he added.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 16:29 IST