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Contest to identify and nurture school students talented in science

‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan’, a national programme to nurture school students talented in science, is here again

By Sunderarajan Padmanabhan
Published: Thursday 29 August 2019

‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan’, a national programme to nurture school students talented in science, is here again. The organisers are all set to begin the process of identifying students, who have an aptitude for science, through a multi-stage competitive examination system. 

The programme is organised by Vijnana Bharati and is supported Vigyan Prasar and the National Council of Educational Research and Training.

Mayuri Dutt , co-convenor of the programme, said so far 1900 schools and 17,000 students have registered to take the tests. Last year, 1.47 lakh students had participated in the examinations and this the number is expected to touch 3 lakh. The last date for entry is September 15 without late fee and September 30 with late fee.

The programme is open to students from class six to eleventh. The examinations would be conducted in two sections: junior classes (class six to eight) and senior classes (class nine to eleven). The students would, however, be assessed class-wise.

A key feature of the programme is that the students will give their examination through digital devices such as smart phone, tablet and laptop. Students who register for the programme will be provided with individual login credentials and first examination will be conducted at the school, district, State and national levels in sequence. The examination process would begin at the end of November and go on till May. 

“Considering the growing interest among students, competition would now be held in Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi, Punjabi and Oriya also, in addition to Hindi and English,” Dutt said.

The syllabus for the first stage of the contest has three segments. The tests will be in the form of 100 multi-choice questions. While fifty per cent of the questions would be based on NCERT syllabus for the respective classes, 20 per cent will be on reading material specially prepared by Vijnana Bharati on India’s contribution science, another 20 per cent on biographies of two renowned scientists Jagdish Chandra Bose and Edavalath Kakkat Janaki Ammal and the balance 10 per cent on logic and reasoning.

Down the line, during the state-level contest, the students would be tested on skills such as creative writing and during the national level on aspects such as presentation, leadership qualities, creative thinking and innovative learning. (India Science Wire)

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