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IGNOU's Impact Towards Improving Science Education

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IGNOU Bring Science To Your Finger Tips!
IGNOU – Indira Gandhi National Open University is now bringing interesting Science facts, latest science news, health tips, green tips events and days of scientific importance at your finger tips. The National Centre for Innovations in Distance Education (NCIDE), IGNOU in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar has started an innovation scheme of science popularization through mobile entitled “Science@Mobile”.

The basic objective of this scheme is to exploit the potential of mobile phones for science popularization in the society so as to create interest among the people towards science. Because of its user friendly features, decreasing cost and added values, the mobile phone has penetrated into the remotest part of the country. Today, it is not just a means of communication, but it is proving to be an effective tool of teaching-learning all over the world.

It is well recognized that the mobile phones could add a completely new dimension to the teaching-learning process due to a wide range of attributes such as talk, text, camera, video, radio, internet etc. along with chatting, gaming, talking and messaging. Mobile phones will now be used to spread the scientific knowledge in the society and hence to develop a scientifically empower in the country.

One of the most important features of the scheme is that there is no fee for subscribing science SMS and also that you can select the type of content and frequency to receive SMS on your mobile as per your choice and interest. Based on the decreasing cost, increasing penetration and adding of new features, the mobile technology can be very effective means of spreading scientific knowledge and inculcating science temper among the people.

The target group of the scheme Science@Mobile includes all the educated and uneducated people including homemakers and children. However, the content is grouped for three categories of people. First category includes the less educated common man who needs basic scientific literacy. The second category includes the educated people having no science background. In the first phase of the project focus will be on the first two categories.

Moreover, all subscribers will be given option to select the type of information they would like to receive through mobile service.

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