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Students to tinker in labs during summer vacation | Goa News

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Panaji: This summer vacation, the state will allow children to tinker in their school labs, utilising the facility available to develop an interest in research in young students.

The Goa State Research Foundation (GSRF) chairperson, Malapati K Janarthanam, said that the foundation has introduced ‘GSRF Summer/Winter School Scheme’.

“This introduces and promotes research aptitude and teaches research methodology to school students, teachers and college students. It is designed to utilise free time of both resource persons and beneficiaries, and free classrooms and laboratories during the vacation time. Ten programmes of five to ten days each have been funded for the coming summer,” said Janarthanam.

He also said that the foundation is also developing a programme to promote research interest in schools in association with the State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT).

“Training is an important component. As a first step, GSRF is planning to train the trainers,” he added.

In Goa, the talent pool is available in schools, colleges, universities and beyond. However, training in research methodology is needed, he said.

“Keeping this in mind, GSRF has joined hands with the directorate of higher education and the Goa State Higher Education Council and conducted the following training programmes such as one-day faculty development programmes to help final-year students enhance their projects. The training was held for non-PhD regular faculty of higher education institutes in Goa. It was conducted in several batches and 430 faculty members participated from various colleges,” said Janarthanam.

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A research grant writing workshop was also held recently, he said, to equip faculty members from various higher education institutes in Goa (including Goa University, engineering, dental and Ayurveda colleges), with the essential skills required to write compelling research grant proposals.

“220 participants representing 45 subject specialisations were actively engaged in the workshop. Notably, the highest participation came from dentistry and chemistry, with 29 faculty members from dentistry and 27 from chemistry,” Janarthanam said.

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