Children’s Science Congress:Responsibilities of Role-players Sandipan Dhar email@example.com
We have completed 17 years of CSCYet we are discussing roles & responsibilities of different role-players!Why we need to discuss these issues today?! Is there anything new?? Is there any problem??? Or, any problem in understanding CSC …
All these questions are relevant We have problems in understanding, because – we still get models – though less in numberwe still make judgment on the basis of skillful presentations we still believe a CSC project ispresentations of some statistics based on survey, etc, etc.
How many of us know who are theorganisers and supporters at district, state & national level?We still have confusions between NCSTC & NCSTC NetworkThis is because we have not understood the system and structure, in true sense
Roles were already there but no defined responsibilities, till recentlySome Roles are old, some are new with defined responsibilities – nowThese new roles and responsibilities areto facilitate CSC and to improve quality and to increase quantity
Role-players are there to play the rolesNow this is the time to understand the responsibilities and to act accordingly
The StructureNCSTC-Network RVPSP or NCSTC State Coordinating Agency SOC & SAC St Coordinator & St Ac. Coordinator DOC & DAC Dist Coordr & Dist Ac coordr
Different elements in CSC – national to district Selection of theme Organisation of National Brainstorming Workshop for drafting of activity guideNational Orientation Programme for Statelevel RPs and finalisation of draft activity guide Printing & circulation of Activity Guide in English & Hindi
Production of activity guides and information materials in local languages by state Orientation of state level RPsDistrict level RPs/Teachers/Guides’ training programme District level CSC State Level CSC National Level CSC Participation in Indian Science Congress
Responsibilities State Coordinator State Coordinating Agency engage a State Coordinator, preferably, in consultation with other Network members in the state A State Organising Committee is formedinvolving all stakeholders – Network member organisations, Concerned Govt. Agencies,local academic institutions, science activists, etc.
Also to form a State Academic Committee and to engage one State Academic Coordinator State Academic Coordinator must be alearned scientific person with exposure toCSC activities, knowledge and experience on the theme and capability to orient resource persons and evaluators
Roles – State Coordinators and State Academic CoordinatorsBoth are integral part of State Organising Committee but both have defined roles and responsibilitiesState Academic Coordinator is the Convenor of the StateAcademic Committee and this Committee is responsible for all the academic decisions of CSC in its state, of course with the knowledge of the State Coordinator Both the Coordinators must act in close coordination. They should supplement each other.
RolesState Coordinator St. Academic Coordinator• Organisational Planning • Preparation of information• Resource generation brochure in local languages• Organising workshops, • Preparation of activity guide in training, etc. local language• Coordinating with schools, • Identification of MRPs institutions • Conducting state level• Networking workshop• Publicity • Identification and orientation of• Processing for printing state level evaluators• Quantitative increase of • Evaluation of CSC projects participants • Conducting project• Coordination with District improvement sessions Coordinators • Coordination with District Academic Coordinators
SOC should involve following: *Host Agency * Member *Any other Organisation working in science activities *One representative from Govt. Education Dept. *Members from chain of Schools like DAV, KV,*Navodaya, Aurobinda, Shishu mandir, Maharishi, etc. State Academic Committee Should involve following: *University faculty *College faculty *Scientist from Research organisations
DOC should involve the following DOC District Coordinator District Coordinating agency, if any District Education Officials District Administration Colleges, Educational institutions Schools like Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navoday Vidyalaya, etc. Science activists DAC District Academic Coordinator Members should be from local colleges, university, if any, research institutions, scientific professionals
Selection of Evaluators - important role for SAC/DACIt must be done in utmost sincerity. Otherwise all the efforts by the child scientists become fruitless. An evaluator should be a respectable person with the understanding of child’s state of mind and level of educationAn Evaluator should be a Post Graduate in science, an Engineer, a Medical Professional, a Science Educator, a Science Communicator and a Ex-child scientists, who have represented state with minimum of graduation in scienceat present The Academic Coordinator should have his/her own conviction that the selected evaluator understands method of science It is advisable that SAC/DAC maintain a panel of evaluators in state and district, some of which may be changed based on the
Orientation of evaluators -Another role for SAC/DAC There must be at least one day-long orientation of evaluatorsNewly nominated evaluators should beexposed to some presentations by child scientistsHandbook for evaluators must be strictly followed
Who should be the RPs? Resource Persons selected at District for thestate level RP training should have knowledge on the theme They should be good communicator/trainer because they have to train RPs/guides at District Level Similarly RPs send by State AcademicCoordinator to the National Orientation should have ability to independently train RPs at State.
State & District Coordinators Your role is to enhance the reachHow many schools in a district are being covered? What is the networking with different groups of school? Reaching out to non-formal, underprevileged Arranging necessary resources Facilitating academic activities Proper coordination with govt. and non-govt agencies at district and stateOrganisation of District/State level CSCs in befitting manner
State/District Coordinators are the maincontact points and they are solely responsiblefor quantitative success of CSC. We are in17th years, yet our reach is not thatsatisfactoryState/District Academic Coordinators areresponsible for identifying innovative minds,guiding them and facilitating their qualitativeuplift. We have seen some kind of stagnationin qualitative uplift in last few years. Thereforewe are now having dedicated committee andcoordinator for Academic aspects
Performance of the Eastern States at the National Level Grades A+ A B+ B C+ CStates Total Nos %age Nos %age Nos %age Nos %age Nos %age Nos %ageAnd & Nic 1 25% 2 50% 1 25% 4Bihar 1 3% 14 47% 14 47% 1 3% 30Chattisgarh 2 13% 8 53% 4 27% 1 7% 15Jharkhand 1 7% 7 50% 3 21% 3 21% 14Odisha 1 4% 8 31% 15 58% 2 8% 26West Bengal 1 3% 3 10% 9 30% 16 53% 1 3% 30Grand Total 1 1% 5 4% 34 30% 60 52% 11 10% 4 3% 119
Let us work together to make NCSC more vibrant and academically healthier Thank You