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Model

This unique model aims to develop a sustainable national level program on Mentoring through Hands-on Training. One Lab (graduate students and professors from different science, engineering and humanities laboratories in elite institutions such as the IITs, NITs, etc.) adopts one rural Government Higher Secondary School. They visit the adopted school to mentor and train the students for 2 to 3 years in the areas of Device Engineering, Science, Interpersonal Skills and Career Guidance.

Impact

Direct Beneficiaries
1000+ Rural School Students, 100+ Graduate Students, 30 Coordinator Teachers

Indirect Beneficiaries
1500+ Rural School Students

Benefits

The 1Lab – 1School Model has the potential to connect premier institutes of the country with grass-root level schools in rural India. The impact of this model implementation can be realized in its many benefits to the Mentors (Graduate Students) and Mentees (Government Higher Secondary School students).

Beneficiaries

Mentees

  • Motivation to pursue higher education
  • Relate book learning to reality
  • Gain familiarity with the engineering applications
  • Get the opportunity to work with the top notch institutions

Mentors

  • Opportunity to enhance their teaching skills
  • Enhance the sense of responsibility and duty toward society
  • Get motivated to solve social problems
  • Realize the joy of giving back to the society
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Awareness Workshop

School

After getting the necessary permissions from the education board (government), Government Higher Secondary Schools are invited to participate in this one-day ‘Awareness Workshop’. Here, one 9th grade science teacher (Co-Ordinator Teacher) and the Headmaster of each invited school, School Board, Funding Agency, Project Team are made aware of the model concept, implementation process and the expected outcome. Input is sought from them regarding implementation feasibility.

Lab

With the consent of interested faculty from IITM, graduate students (M.Tech and PhD scholars) are invited to this workshop. Here, the model is presented with special focus on requirement and expectations from the Graduate Students. Required preparation, time commitment and agenda are discussed in detail during this workshop.

Connection Meeting

One of the main components in the implementation process is the Connection Meeting. This officially connects the interested Mentors (Graduate Students Lab) and the selected Mentees (rural Government Higher Secondary School Students).

Implementation in Schools

The implementation process involves the act of Mentors visiting the rural schools 6 times in an academic year to mentor the students through device engineering.

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Analysis

Impact analysis is done based on test scores from the Pre and Post tests and from the survey based feedbacks.

Impact Overview (2018 - 2019)

The end of the year data analysis shows that there has been a significant increase in the knowledge and scientific thinking ability in the school students. The relationship between the graduate students and the school students is getting strong over time. Details of the study results are given below.

Participant Details: 2018 - 2020

Sl. No Lab Names Graduate Students (Mentors) Schools Photos
1 Computational Systems Biology
Advisor: Prof. Karthick Raman
N.T. Devika, Maziya Ibrahim, Priyanka Maripuri, S. Gayathri, Malvika Sudhakar, R. Lavanya, Shayantan Banerjee, Priyan Bhattacharya, Prem Jagadeesh, A.S. Anjana, Debomita Tiruttani Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District photos
2 Polymer Engineering and Colloidal Science Lab
Advisor: Prof. Abhijit P. Deshpande & Prof. Basavaraja
Group 1 Logesh Kumar, Bhadra Hrishikesh, Pankaj Jadhav, Preetika Rastogi, Ramya K A, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Sujatha Selvamurugan

Arambakkam Government Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District photos
3 Polymer Engineering and Colloidal Science Lab
Advisor: Prof. Abhijit P. Deshpande & Prof. Basavaraja
Group 2 Sruthi L, Ranajit Mondal, Remya Ann Mathews, Prashanth G., Jacob John, Pandurangan K Alapakkam Government Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram District photos
4 Bioseparations
Advisor: Prof. G.K. Suraishkumar
Archanaa Sundararaghavan, Prerna Bhalla, Raja Murugan, Siliveru Krishnapriya, Sonal Omer, Ravichandran Karunagaran, Aswathy S, Sai Sarangadas, Subhasree Sridhar Perambakkam Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District photos
5 Computational Bio-Physics (CBP)
Advisor: Prof Sanjib Senapati
Rajani K, B Sangeetha, Shankha Banerjee, P Manivel CMS Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram District photos
6 Applied Nanostructures Engineering and Nanochemistry (ANEN)
Advisor: Prof. Tiju Thomas
Bhuvanasundari S, Kousika A, Sudha Priyanga G, Tamilazhagan M, Varadharaj Nallathambi, Ragul Krishnan Somangalam Government Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram District photos
7 Mathematics
Advisor:Prof. K. C. Sivakumar
Sushmitha P, Lavanya S, Santi Ranjan Das, Md Hasan Ali Biswas, Parveena Shahim, Sivashankar, Pasupathy, Sangeetha Karapakkam Government High School, Kanchipuram District photos
8 Piezo Electric Sensors and Automators (PSA)
Advisor: Prof. Lakshmana Rao C
Srinivas Kasimahanthi, Aman Kumar, Swathika M, Kalyan Subbu, Ashish Pandey, Jeevitha Godumakunta, Noushad Bin Jamal, Sri Krishna Sudhamsu Kambhammettu, Harish L, Ambresh Biradar Ponneri Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District photos
9 Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials (NMNM)
Advisor: Prof. Pijush Ghosh
Sanghamitra Debta, Aleena Alex, Ashwin K.N, Pratik Gujar, Raghunandan Pratoori, Amit Kumar, Rajesh Kumar Meena, Payel Bandyopadhyay, Nirrupama K.I., Nidhi Ammoor Government Higher Secondary School, Vellore District photos
10 Vibration Energy Harvesting and Control (VECHL)
Advisor: Prof. Shaikh Faruque Ali
Rahul Kumar, Hiren Patel, Aravindan M, Rohit T Gurav Kaveripakkam Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Vellore District photos
11 Bio-Sensor
Advisor: Prof. V V R Sai
Divagar M, Shyamili James, Sasikala Devi, Ankitha Theres George, Allwyn Rajamani, HariHaran Semmancheri Government Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram District photos

Our second implementation is being carried out in three districts of Tamilnadu. During the year 2019-2021, around 400 ninth grade students will directly benefit from the training and mentoring provided by around 75 Graduate Students from IIT Madras. Details are as below.

Participant Details: 2019 - 2021

Sl. No Lab Names Graduate Students (Mentors) Schools
1 Construction Material Laboratory (CML)
Advisor: Prof. Ravindra Gettu
Sundar R, Ram VG, Dyana Joselin, Swathy Manohar, Rohit Prajapati, Naveen Krishanan Ekanampet Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram District
2 Construction Material Laboratory (CML)
Advisor: Prof. Manu Santhanam
Vaishnav Kumar S, Yuvraj D, Ramesh B, Deepak Kamde, Anusha S B, Shanthanu Bhattacharjee, Sreelakshmi Thiruninravur Government Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District
3 Building Technology Construction Management (BTCM)
Advisor: Prof. Radhakrishna Pillai & Prof. Piyush Chaunsali
Mohan Chandra, Prabha, Komathi, Karthikeyan, Subham, Pavan Manavalanagar KENC Government Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District
4 Bio- Materials
Advisor: Prof.Vignesh Muthuvijayan
Bala Vigneswaran, Joseph, Hemalatha, Aadhinath, Vasudha, Akhil, Megala, Vaibhav Nandhivaram Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram District
5 Neuro Mechanics
Advisor: Prof.Varadhan SKM
Anurag Gupta, Balamurugan Subramaniyan, Vignesh SG, Swarnab Dutta Karapakkam Government High School, Kanchipuram District
6 Wave Energy and Fluids Engineering Lab (WEFEL)
Advisor: Prof. Abdus Samad
Tapas Kumar Das, Madhan Kumar, Murali K, Francis V, Rishav Raj, Gautam M Poonamalle Arignar Anna Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District
7 Systems Engineering of the Natural and the Artificial @ IIT Madras (SENAI)
Advisor: Prof. Raghunathan Rengasamy
Venkatraman N V, Suseendiran, Suryanarayanan G, Arun Sankar, Sukanya G, Malvika S, R.Ramya, Sathish S, Mohammed Shahab, Amit Bhosale, Arun M Guruvarajapet Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Vellore District
8 Micro and Nano Scale transport & Machine Design Lab
Advisors: Prof. Sarith P Sathian & Prof. Parag Ravindran
Binu Varghese, Aneesh K Johnny, KVS Dheeraj, Maheswaran B, Vidhyalakshmi K, Ravi Teja Selaiyur Government (MPL) Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram District
9 Pushpavanam's Research League
Advisor: Prof.Pushpavanam S
Vamsi Vikram G, Uttam, Krishnaveni, Pralay, Prem Kumar Reddy, Eswar, A.Durgadevi Nanmanglam Government High School, Kanchipuram District
10 Propess Control Group
Advisor: Prof. Arun K Tangirala's
Kanchan Aggarwal, Prem, Lokeshkumar R, Bala Rajesh, Priyan Bhattacharya, Sudhakar Kathari Ponneri Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District
11 Nano Materials
Advisor: Prof. B.S.Murthy
Hariharan V S, Nischar Kaushik, Soumya Rajan, Rahul John, Khusbhu Dash, Karthick, Arpita Porur Government Higher Secondary School, Tiruvallur District