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Virtual Laboratories To Be Launched By CBSE

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CBSE Invokes Online Form of Laboratories
Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to launch virtual laboratories for the students of class 9 and 10 in June this year. This will enable the students experiments Online. The Virtual Laboratories will not affect the existence of school laboratories and will be an addition to it.

These Online Laboratories will allow students to conduct experiments in Physics and chemistry. The laboratory will have a tutorial which will brief students on experiment procedure. Initially the Online concept will be implemented only for Physics and chemistry subjects but, will be later on extended to Biology as well.

Students can perform experiments on reflection of light on concave and convex mirrors, the effect of temperature and surface area on rate of evaporation of different liquids and chemistry assignments to learn adulterants in food. Each experiment will be divided into four parts; theory, procedure, stimulator and viva voce. The step wise procedure to perform experiment will be uploaded on the website.

The main objective to introduce an Online Laboratory concept is to enable students to conduct experiments at their own pace. This concept will involve students in optimizing the use of internet efficiently and cost effectively. All the experiments will be as per the CBSE syllabus.

Anyhow, school principals expressed that traditional method of conducting experiments in school laboratories are better than the virtual one. In school laboratories students can see and experience all the devices and perform an experiment. CBSE has also combined with the Amrita University, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mumbai and the ministries of Human Resources development and information technology in order to introduce the concept of online laboratories.

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