1) SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH EXAMINATION (STSE)
Merit Certificates and book prizes are given to about top twenty students in the examination for each class. In order to encourage students from Moffusil Centers, Merit Certificates and Book Prizes are also given to students who have done well from these Centers.
The top award for the first ranker
amongst candidates of each class is designated, since the STSE of
2003, as Dr A S Rao Award, which carries a cash award of
Rs 10,000 and a Book Prize.
8th Class – A Aditya Reddy, Kakinada, Aditya IIT Talent School
9th Class – A Ravi Chandra, Hyderabad, Sri Gurudatta High School
10th Class – Ch S S S Bhargav, Hyderabad, Narayana Central Office School
RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOPS FOR TALENTED STUDENTS
Students do project work individually, write up a Report and then make an oral presentation. The project work helps the student to develop initiative, and to innovate where necessary, and to be critical in analysing the experimental data.
Students attend expositions on diverse topics by senior Faculty, and also audit some lecture-demonstrations. This would enlarge the intellectual horizons of the students. They also get the benefit of interacting with about 25 senior Faculty drawn from Hyderabad University, Osmania University, Ambedkar University and other educational institutions.
The list of participants of the 11th Workshop held in April 2010 is given in the Table below.
CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT of TEACHERS
With the experience gained in these, the Council decided in 2001 to enlarge the content of these programmes and to concentrate the efforts in one district, and chose Mahaboobnagar District as the target area; the District headquarters is about 110km from the Council’s Office.
Then, the Council conducted four ‘Pilot’ programmes to help teachers of mathematics and science in this district, with financial support from Sir Ratan Tata Trust and active cooperation from the District Educational Officer.
b) The Council was encouraged with the response of the teachers to the ‘Pilots’ and started in June 2005 a comprehensive THREE YEAR PROJECT on Capacity Enhancement of Teachers of Science and Mathematics of secondary schools (CETSAM) of Mahaboobnagar District with major funding from Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
The Council felt that there should be a synergy between the activities of the Council and that of the Government, and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the AP Government. And the Council is gratified that the Secretary (Education), Commissioner of School Education, Director of SCERT and the District Educational Officer [DEO] have been giving all cooperation and assistance in making the programmes a success.
RESOURCE PERSONS: The Academic Resource Persons, about 30, from Universities and allied institutions in Hyderabad, and about 15 Local Academic Resource Persons from Mahaboobnagar, render their services as volunteers. Similarly, Administrative Resource Persons, about ten, also are volunteers.
The major components of the project, which are at no cost to the teachers, are:
i) Interactive Contact Sessions (residential) spread over 4-days to clear confusions and provide clarity about difficult concepts in the upgraded syllabi. (Parallel sessions are held for about 40 teachers each, in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry streams.)
ii) Experimental Awareness Programme (2 days), at five regional centers in the District, to train teachers to demonstrate experiments in Physics and Chemistry during their lecture classes.
iii) Providing a Quarterly NEWS LETTER in Telugu to each teacher, with articles of interest to teachers, a letters column, and news items of relevance to science teaching.
Summary of achievements of CETSAM Project
· The ‘Council’, a voluntary organistion, contributed to the area of quality improvement of secondary school science teachers(which should primarily be the concern of the Government) in the ‘ backward’ Mahabubnagar District. In the process, the community of science teachers of secondary schools of the District could come into direct touch with Resource Persons, who are all volunteers , from the faculties of Universities in Hyderabad or Colleges in the District; this is a very desirable thing.
· More than 300 mathematics and physical science teachers interacted with senior faculty to obtain clarity in concepts and content of their subject, clear pent up doubts and thus became more capable of facilitating the education of their students.
· More than 350 physical science teachers had an exciting ‘on hands experience’ in doing experiments, and in turn, are now confident of demonstrating experiments to their students, if necessary by using locally available material. Demonstration of experiments is a ‘must’ for good science teaching and this is absent in the secondary schools.
· Teachers were exposed to the benefits of a newsletter, here ‘Vigyaana Maalika’, which helps the teacher to update on many aspects of subject matter and current developments in science.
· School teachers were sensitized to the need of a teacher being a student all through, and the need to be proficient in ‘skill sets’ and constant updating of their skills.
· A number of college teachers of Mahabubnagr District are motivated to volunteer to be Resource Persons of the Project and similar programmes in future.
· The Council’s chapter in Mahabubnagar will be conducting a ‘Contact Programme’ on their own in October / November 2010; no Faculty from Hyderabad will participate.