Teachers Training Programme and Supply of Laboratory Experimental Kits to High Schools
Indian Institute of Science started a Talent Development Centre (TDS) in 2011 at Challakere campus in Chitradurga, Karnataka to train teachers through the teachers’ training programme to promote the development of science education across the country.
A novel method of learning science by doing experiments and learning mathematics by solving problems has been developed and implemented at TDC.
This is a large-scale experiment on Science Education and Training undertaken in India for the first time. Over 10,000 high school teachers, 4000 pre-university (11-12th standard) from Karnataka, Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV), and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) schools, 550 College and University teachers teaching BSc and MSc classes have been trained so far. Teachers teaching Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics at the four levels were trained. As a part of the programme, experiments in Physics, Chemistry, Biology for B.Sc. and experimental kits for high schools have been developed at TDS. These experimental kits were distributed to the schools.
In the year 2020, IISc alumni Dr. Gajanana Birur, advisor to Birur Educational Foundation for Children (BEFC), has generously contributed to the teachers training programme at Challakere campus.