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.
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).
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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.
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).
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.
An aptitude based screening test is conducted to select a representative group of mentees from each school. This group will be the project participants throughout the implementation process.
The Mentors take about 10 to 12 devices during the mentorship period. The students are trained in the science behind each device, its functionality, principle, mechanism and the larger applications of the concepts. Besides the devices, the Mentors present at least one concept based everyday science question to the students.
The Graduate Labs visit their connected school about 6 times in an academic year. They do this for two to three years.
The teacher stays in class with the Mentors and the Mentees throughout the day during every visit. He/she not only helps with classroom management, but also assists the mentors, helps take the concepts to the other students in the school and encourages the students to connect and recall this information during their regular class time.
The project team visits the participating schools regularly to interact with the Co-ordinator Teacher, Mentees and the HM of the school. This helps to monitor and make observations necessary to streamline the implementation process.
A meeting is organised during the mid-year (interim period) and at the end of the year to discuss the status of implementation. HM, Co-ordinator Teacher, Mentors and Advisors participate in this meeting. Sponsors and the education board are also present during these status meetings along with the Project Team.
The status and progress of the implementation are monitored systematically throughout the implementation period. Pre and Post-tests are administered to the students during every visit. Using a survey form, feedback is collected periodically from the students, Co-ordinator Teachers and Mentors. Staff interactions, observations during field visits and status meeting reports are documented.
Impact analysis is done based on test scores from the Pre and Post tests and from the survey based feedbacks.
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.
Our first implementation was carried out in three districts of Tamilnadu. During the year 2018-2019, around 400 ninth grade students directly benefited from the training and mentoring provided by around 80 Graduate Students from IIT Madras. Details are as below.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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|
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.
|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|
Advisor: Prof.Vignesh Muthuvijayan
|Bala Vigneswaran, Joseph, Hemalatha, Aadhinath, Vasudha, Akhil, Megala, Vaibhav||Nandhivaram Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram District|
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|
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|