UK-based professional body of engineers launched IET Faraday India Programme. A pilot programme in India, aims to equip schoolteachers with modern learning and pedagogical resources.
The programme is meant to explore ways and means to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)," said programme representatives at a media interaction in Delhi.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), has already launched such a programme in the UK.
IET India is going to run the pilot to understand how it could be changed or adapted to Indian requirements.
It is starting the IET Faraday India programme with a group of teachers awarded by the government for using ICT and with eight schools in different states such as Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir (Leh) and Gujarat, from October to March.
IET India in partnership with NCERT's National Repository of Open Educational Resources, the initiative is aligned with the need to create employable graduates, particularly in STEM fields, who can resolve challenges in a growing economy. It covers students aged 5-19.
Speaking to TOI Shekhar Sanyal, director and country head, IET India said "We are here is to see as to how to excite children to study science. We hope by March, we will have clarity on how to take this forward."
Yogesh Kochhar, member of the IET Faraday India committee, emphasised the need for skill development to move from consuming to making things.
"The country's need is to be able to create. We are living in an economy which is very consumptive. You can't create more jobs. This brings me to another aspect, which is that there is a potential opportunity in the market," he said, adding that the growing number of students should be encouraged to make new things rather than just continuing to consume.
"So, with that in mind, we are looking at proposing the Faraday programme in schools to see how we can alter the way we are currently teaching the students."