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Nigdi school to start tinkering lab to let students explore beyond syllabus

PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: Jnana Prabodhini Navnagar Vidyalaya will start a ‘tinkering lab’ on its premises from June under Atal Innovation Mission.


Manoj Deolekar, deputy superintendent of the school, told TOI, “We need 1,500 sqft as per the norms for extra-curricular experiments. Students will work there after school hours. A mechanical workshop will be on the ground floor, computer work will be on the first floor and physics, chemistry and other science work will be on the second floor.”


The school has formed an advisory committee comprising 35 to 40 teachers, former students and professionals. They will guide the students and mentor them for two to three hours per week.


“We will form 10 batches, each having 20 students that will work in the lab. We will have industrial visits, lectures of eminent persons, competitions and other activities for these students. We will contact industries for technology,” Deolekar said.


The Union government will provide financial assistance for five years and the school will continue to run it after that.


“The government is providing Rs 10 lakh for purchasing equipment. It is also providing another Rs 10 lakh in five installments. We have a list of equipment for the lab,” Deolekar said.


Students from other schools in Pimpri Chinchwad can also avail the facilities. The advisory committee members will mentor them as well.
Kalpesh Kothale , co-ordinator for the tinkering lab project, said the government had invited applications from schools in June 2016.


“They were evaluated on awards received at the national and international level and participation in district science exhibitions, the availability of labs and whether 1,500 sqft space can be provided for a tinkering lab, and whether teachers will give additional time for the lab and if the school will be ready to spend funds for this project,” Kothale said.


Of the 595 schools, as many as 127 are from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh. Of them, 10 are from Pune. Over 14,000 schools from across the country had sent applications for selection.



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