The Vigyan Pratibha project envisages working with Classes 8, 9 and 10 students from diverse and non-elite backgrounds to nurture their talent in science and mathematics.
There have been several programmes in the past to select and promote talented students in science through multiple schemes but there were many sections of students, particularly from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who were unable to benefit from these schemes. Vigyan Pratibha aims at facilitating students’ entry into careers in science and related fields and eventually contributing to a pool of high-quality S & T specialists in the country with a special focus on students belonging to disadvantaged groups.
Currently, the target schools for the project are the roughly 1500 schools of the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Sangathan system, the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) Samiti system and the Atomic Energy Central Schools (AECS).
The core of the project is being structured around Learning Units (LUs) that will be implemented by school teachers in these schools as a part of science circles for interested students. These units are closely related to the school curricula, but expose students to dimensions of science and mathematics beyond the textbooks.
Collecting, sharing, and comparing findings/data among different students in a school and across different parts of the country is another important facet planned in this program. This aspect would provide a novel kind of learning environment — an environment that has the potential of transforming not just the scenario of science education but the practice of doing science in the country.