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An Open Letter to ISRO Chief K. Sivan on Promoting STEM Education in India

4 Feb 2018, 05:59 UTC
An Open Letter to ISRO Chief K. Sivan on Promoting STEM Education in India
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ISRO is a homegrown Indian success story often literally pushing against the edges of our universe, inspiring millions of people. But there’s room for it to do more.
K. Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation. Source: Twitter
To
K. Sivan
Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation
As the premier research establishment in the country, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has done a great job of creating technological capacity in an area as critical as space. ISRO’s rockets, missions to the Moon and Mars and applications tailored to cater to the problems of humans and society are all laudable.
Today, there is a growing inequality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in India. In the 21st century, we need our children to learn certain skills and design-based learning to spur curiosity and innovation. There is also a conspicuous issue of lack of resources to invest in building teaching capacity and creating experiment-based hands-on learning environments at the grassroots level, and this affects the quality of graduates in India.
ISRO has been the most successful public-sector innovator in the country. It has a responsibility to foster the scientific temper in schools and colleges. While the organisation has been ...

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