Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Thursday flagged off mobile school and community science laboratories for five blocks of Southern Odisha.
Padhi launched the mobile and community science laboratories for five blocks namely Muniguda, Bissamcuttack, Thuamul Rampur, Lanjigarh and Kothgarh.
The state government started the initiative in collaboration with TCS foundation and Tata Trusts with an aim to create an environment of learning excellence in South Odisha through multi-stake holder engagement including community, school, teachers and students.
The vehicles, which have been designed as multi-purpose mobile labs, would cover all the primary and secondary schools of these blocks.
Available data show, around 25,000 students of 250 elementary and secondary schools would get exciting learning experiences through these vehicles.
The vehicles are equipped with equipments, application models and charts as per the curricular needs of the schools. They also carry all audio-visual apparatus like TV, Projector, Audio amplifier, solar power back-ups, etc to support science and math learning through audio-visual communication and simulation experiments.
The vehicles have been fitted with GPS trackers to provide real time data on movement of the labs. The NGOs, teachers and community members have been tagged up with the programme to make it broad based and outcome oriented.
Khandpada MLA Anubhav Pattaniak, Ranjana Chopra, Secretary School and Mass Education, Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, Secretary Panchayati Raj, Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda, Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Vir Vikram Yadav, Secretary Science and Technology, Priya S. Mahapatara, General Manager TCS along with other dignitaries participated in the launching ceremony.