Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) Seeks to Develop Scientific Temper Among School Children/ Promotion of Scientific Outlook among Students
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) launched the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan on 09.07.2015. Late Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam (former President of India) presided over the function. The thrust of the Abhiyan is to provide support and a platform for schools to make Science, Mathematics and Technology exciting for children and encourage them to develop a natural curiosity interest and love towards learning Science and Mathematics, literally to “ignite their minds”.
One of the key highlights of the Abhiyan is the ‘Mentoring’ of schools and children through ‘Mentoring Institutions’ like IITs, NITs, Central Institutions, IISERs and Central State Universities and Colleges. Under the Abhiyan, the MHRD is also collaborating with Google in its ‘Code to Learn’ Contest where school students will be encouraged to develop Code using innovative software. Similarly, the Ministry is partnering with Intel for developing innovative technological capacities in girl students in Government schools.
In the first three years of the Abhiyan, it is expected that 25% of all Government schools will be covered by the ‘Mentoring Institutions’ through various activities and innovative strategies in partnership with the Department of Higher Education.
RAA focused on developing the spirit of innovation and experimentation among students.
It is focused four qualities of uniqueness: Great Aim, Quest of Knowledge, Hard Work, and Perseverance. Emphasising the value of learning “we learn to live, we learn to think and we learn to learn”. Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan is a unique concept developed by the MHRD that aims to inculcate a spirit of inquiry, creativity and love for Science and Mathematics in school children.
The Rashtriya Aavishkar Abhiyan (RAA) envisages to motivate and engage children of the age group from 6-18 years in Science, Mathematics and Technology through observation, experimentation, inference drawing, model building, etc. both through inside and outside classroom activities and processes. It seeks to create curiosity, excitement and spirit of innovation and exploration amongst school children, by encouraging higher education institutions to assist secondary and elementary schools in the study of Science and Mathematics. The RAA would conduct activities by using funds of the existing schemes and institutions of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
RAA seeks encourage students to learn sciences beyond the classrooms. It is an effort to take forward the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India, ‘Make in India’ and ‘Teach in India’.More and more women should be encouraged to participate in the field of science and technologies. INTEL for nurturing scientific temper among girl students. Google India’s initiative of Code to Learn Contest which will enable students to learn in the Google campus and announced that Phase II of RAA will be launched in January, 2016 for higher education under which model science labs will be established in all districts of the North Eastern States.
Under Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, government schools will be mentored by Institutes like IITs/ IIMs/ IISERs and other Central Universities and reputed organisations through innovative programmes, student exchanges, demonstrations, student visits, etc to develop a natural sense of passion towards learning of Science and Maths. Improving Learning and Educational Standards. The Ministry invites ideas and suggestions from people on how the Abhiyan may creatively involve individuals to join the movement and to work directly work with school and school children to "ignite their minds".