In order to make available the applied science to the doorstep of every student, Odisha government has launched mobile science laboratory scheme for five backward blocks of southern Odisha.
Flagging off the mobile school and community science laboratories, Chief Secretary, A P Padhi said, “This initiative has been started by the state government in collaboration with TCS foundation and Tata Trusts.”
The initiative aims at creating an environment of learning excellence in south Odisha through multi-stake holder engagement including community, school, teachers and students, he told NDTV.
According to Regional Manager of Tata Trust, Jitendra Nayak, the nobile laboratories will cover Muniguda, Bissamcuttack, Thuamul Rampur, Lanjigarh and Kothgarh blocks of Odisha. The vehicles are multi-purpose mobile labs and would cover all primary and secondary schools in aforementioned blocks.
25,000 students of 250 elementary and secondary schools would get learning experiences through these laboratories. The vehicles are equipped with different application models and charts as per the curricular needs of the schools, he said.
They mobile labs will also be installed with audio-visual apparatus like TV, projector, audio amplifier, solar power back-ups etc. It will help students in learning concepts of Science and Mathematics through audio-visual communication and simulation experiments.
GPS trackers on mobile labs will provide real time data on movement of the vehicles. To make the initiative, outcome oriented, the State government has tagged NGOs, teachers and community members, Nayak added.