Sasthraposhini

Introduction
Sastraposhini is a scheme planned by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment for strengthening science education among the High Schools of the State. This program plans strengthening of the High School science laboratories of the State and an effective interaction among the students and teachers. This is planned to be launched by the Council in association with the State Education Department.
 
Sastraposhini, a program envisaged by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) aims towards strengthening science education in schools of Kerala. The program will be implemented by setting up model laboratories for conducting science experiments in selected schools of the State.
 
During the pilot program of two years, one model laboratory each in Physics, Chemistry and Biology will be set up in one school in each educational district of the state. Teachers will be encouraged to carry out innovative projects in science education for Students from different schools could come together and engage in problem solving experiments and critical discussions. This would provide necessary excitement and fun in doing science and thus induce a healthy trend in science learning and a career orientation in doing science.
 
Need:
The educational achievements in Kerala are well known and much studied. But the alarming decline in the standard of science education at all levels is less attended This has led to many serious consequences Recently, there has been a boom in the career with regard to Information Technology (IT) and Biotechnology (BT) But this need to be backed up through science education of high quality at the school and college levels.
 
Objectives:
To stimulate interest in science at the school level by the performance of experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Biology by students To provide hand on experiments to students for observation, inference, interaction and self-designing of experiments To organize training programmes for the teachers for demonstrating scientific experiments To evolve low cost laboratory kit based on readily available material for the performing of a range of experiments
 
Outcome:
The present project is planned for two years. Once the project is launched, it will be operated through two academic years. By establishing model laboratories in core science subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology, experiments will be conducted for the studentsby them Separate study circles can be developed among students and engage in problem solving and critical discussions. It will also be possible to hold science project fair so that students of different categories and branches of science can interact This would convey the excitement of doing science to students and induce a growing trend in opting a career in science For the training of teachers, which include practical experiments, interaction with eminent scientists will be arranged The model laboratories aimed may spearhead science in school program over the entire state, and provide a stimulus on education in general.
 
Training:
Training to teachers is an important component of this scheme. Eminent scholars will train science teachers in different disciplines at different phases of the program First phase training was conducted for 60 teachers for three days at the Centre for Science in Society(C.Si.S), Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) during July 28-30, 2003. Dr V Unnikrishnan Nair Vice Chancellor CUSAT inaugurated the program About twenty resource persons handled both the theoretical and practical aspects of science education and evolved methodologies to make the teaching interactive and interesting.
 
Operation of the Scheme:
A state level Apex Resource Group consisting of experts, nominees of the Council and state education department will evaluate the project once in three months
There will be a district level committee in each educational district consisting of the school authorities, teachers and PTA in the form of a review forum, which will meet as often as necessary The inputs from the district level committee and site visits will form the basis for the assessment of the scheme by the state level committee. Moreover if needed, may also set up a separate agency for monitoring and reviewing the performance of the scheme Apart from this, teachers handling these model laboratories can gather for a day to share their experiences and discuss their problems. The Feed Back Reports (FBR) thus prepared can be discussed in the academic cell of the district and state level committees as well as the Apex Resource Group.
 
Role of KSCSTE:
So far the Science and Technology Department of the State has been concentrating more on the issues, policies as well as other R & D efforts of the state. Understanding of the status of science education at the school levels, drop in enrolment of science courses, inability of the science graduates of our state to compete at national level etc made the Council to think on this line. Since this require a new setting of culture in science education, it is being tried at the grass root level. The present proposal of establishing one model science laboratory in each educational district is a pilot program planned by the Council in consultation with the state education department Once the whole system and the net working are established, the same will be handed over to the state education department for its sustenance and replication.
 
Inauguraral Function
 
Chief Minister Mr. A.K. Antony launched Sastraposhini at the Government Model High School Thiruvananthapuram, on October 2nd 2003. The Chief Minister on his inaugural address ,stressed the need for cultivating scientific temper among school children .In his presidential address Dr.M.S.Valiathan, the then Executive Vice President, KSCSTE said that science is a subject that cannot be taught in the conventional ways with chalk and blackboard, but ideally through hands on practical experiments.
 
C.M at Model school for launching sastraposhini with Dr.M.S Valiathan, Prof.P.A.Vahid and Prof.P.Gopalakrishnan
 
 
 
former Chief Minister A.K Antony inaugurating the function
former C.M checking the labs established at Model School.
 
Ten Model Laboratories established
Nodal schools in the pilot program, one school in each educational district is selected for establishing model laboratories. Selection is made in consultation with state education department and personal visits followed, to the respective schools. But In the first phase of the program, ten schools were selected from ten different educational districts of the state this include
 
  1. Govt. Model Boys Higher Secondary school, Thycaud , Thiruvananthapuram 
  2. Govt. HSSS Venjramoodu, Thiruvananthapuram 
  3. Govt. HSSS Parassala, Thiruvananthapuram 
  4. SMTHSS Chelakkara, Thrissur 
  5. Govt. Modal Boys HSS Thrissur 
  6. Govt. AJJMGHS Thalayolapparabu, Kottayam 
  7. Govt.HSS Kadayathoor, Idukki 
  8. Govt.VHS Murikkumvayal, Mundakkayam 
  9. Govt. VHSS fro girls Kasaragodu 
  10. KNPMGVHS Pariyaram, Kannur 
 
Once the first phase of the program becomes operational, the second phase will be ready for completion.
Physics lab established at Model school Thiruvananthapuram
Chemistry lab established at Modal school Thiruvananthapuram
Biology lab established at Modal school Thiruvananthapuram
 
2nd Phase of Sastraposhini
 
The 2nd phase was launched on the 26th January 2004 simultaneously at 10 different schools in 10 different educational districts. 
 
List of schools selected in the 2nd phase
1 Punalur Govt. H.S.S.,Kummil, Kadakkal PO, Kollam 
2 Kottarakkara Govt.V.H.S, Kulakkada, Kottarakkara, Kollam – 691 521
3 Kollam Govt. H.S.S. ,Anchalumoodu, Perinad P O,Kollam – 691 601
4 PathanamthittaGovt. V.H.&H.S.S, Pathanamthitta – 689 645
5 Alappuzha Govt G.H.S, Veeyapuram, Alappuzha – 690 514
6 Kottayam Govt H.S, Thottackad, Kottayam – 686 539
7 Kattappana Govt H.S., Thoprankudy, Kattappana, Idukki
8 Ernakulam Govt H.S., Vennala, Ernakulam – 628 028
9.Malappuram Govt VHSS for Girls, Wandoor,Malappuram– 679 328
10. Kozhikode Govt. H.S.S for Girls, Nadakkavu, Kozhikode - 11
3rd Phase of Sastraposhini
List of schools selected in the 3rd phase
1 Muvattupuzha Govt. Model H.S.,Muvattupuzha,Ernakulum
2 Kothamangalam Govt.H.H.S, Akanad, Kothamangalam,
3.Aluva Govt. HS, Kuttamassery, Thottumungham, Ernakulam
4.Cherthala Govt. HS, Mannacherry, Cherthala, Alappuzha
5.Kuttanad Govt. HS Kidangara, Alappuzha
6.Thiruvalla Govt. HS, Kuttor,Thiruvalla, Pathanamtitta
7.Mavelikkara Govt. VHS School for Girls, Chengannur, Alappuzha
8.Ottappalam Govt VHS School, VEttanad, Koottanad, Palakkad
9.Palakkad Govt. Moyam Girls HSS, Palakkad
10.Pala SKV Govt HSS, Neendoor, Kottayam
11.Thalassery GVHSS,Kadirur,Thalassery
12.Kanhangad Govt.HSS,Chayoth, Kasargodu
13.Wayanad Govt. Model HSS,Cheeral, S.Battery
14.Vadakara Govt. Moppila HSS, Koyilandy
15.Irinjalakuda GHSS,Kodungallur, Trichur
16.Tirur GVHSS for Girls, Tirur - 2, B.P Angadi
 
4th Phase of Sastraposhini
 
List of schools selected in the 4th phase
1 Thiruvananthapuram
Govt. V & H S S for Girls Manacaud, Thiruvananthapuram-9 
 
2 Kollam
Govt. Model Boys HSS Thevally(PO), Kollam(Dist) - 3 
 
3.Kayamkulam
Govt. Boys High School Kayamkulam Alappurzha(Dist) – 690502 
 
4.Pathanamthitta
Govt. VHSS, Kalanjoor Pathanamthitta(Dist) – 689694 
 
5.Nattakom
Govt. VHSS, Mariapally P.O Nattakom -686023 
 
6.Thodupuzha
Govt. HSS, Thodupuzha Idukki(Dist) - 685584 
 
7.Cochin
SRV Govt. Model BHSS Cochin-682011. 
 
8.Thirussur
Govt. HS&VHSS Cherpu, Thirussur – 680 561 
 
9.Palakkad
DIET, Anakkara P.O. Palakkad- 679 551.
 
10.Perinthalmanna
GHSS, Perinthalmanna Malappuram(Dist), Pin – 679322 
 
11.Kanniparmba
GHSS Mavoor, Mavoor (PO), Kanniparmba-673661
 
12.Mananthavady
GVHSS, Mananthavady Wayanad – 670 645 
 
13.Kannur
GVHSS, Kannur(sports division) – 670 002
 
14.Kasargod 
Cherkala Central HSS Cherkala Central, Kasargod – 671 541. 
 
5th Phase of Sastraposhini
 
 
List of schools selected in the 5th phase
1 Thiruvananthapuram
Govt. H.S.S Punnamoodu, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 020 
 
2 Thiruvananthapuram
Govt. Model H.S.S for Girls Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram 
 
3.Kollam
Govt.H.S.S Mangad, Kollam - 691015 
 
4.Kozhikode
Govt.H.S.S. Kuttikkattoor, Kozhikode 
 
5.Kannur
Govt.H.S Kottayam Malabar, Kannur -670 643 
 
6.Kasargode
Govt.H.S.S Mogral Puthoor, Kasargode 
 
 
RSVY Scheme
 
 
Sastraposhini RSVY Scheme List of Schools
1 Chittur
G. V. G. H. S. S, Chittur Chittur Post, Palakkad – 678101 
 
2 Chittur
B. H. S. S, Chittur Chittur College post, Palakkad – 678104 
 
3.Palakkad
P. M. G. H. S. S, Palakkad Palakkad College Post, Palakkad - 678001 
 
4.Kunissery
G. H. S, Kunissery Kunissery Post, Palakkad - 678681 
 
5.Ambikapuram
G. H. S. Kumarapuram Ambikapuram Post, Palakkad 
 
6.Nenmara
G. G. V. H. S. S Nenmara Nenmara Post, Palakkad 
 
7.Nenmara
G. B. H. S. S, Nenmara Nenmara Post, Palakkad 
 
8.Vadanamkurissi
Govt. H. S. S Vadanamkurissi Vadanamkurissi Post, Palakkad – 679124 
 
9.Kizhakkanchery
Govt. Higher Secondary School Kizhakkanchery Post Palakkad - 678684 
 
10.Palakkad
G. V. H. S. S, Pathirippala Nagaripuram Post, Palakkad – 678642 
 
11.Ottappalam
G. H. S. Ottappalam East Ottappalam, Palakkad - 679101 
 
12.Ummanezhi
M. N. K. M. G. H. S. S, Pulappatta Ummanezhi Post, Palakkad – 678632 
 
13.Pattambi
G. H. S. S, Pattambi Pattambi Post, Palakkad – 679303 
 
14.Palakkad
G. H. S. S, Big Bazar Palakkad – 678014 
 
15.Pattambi
G. V. H. S. S, Koppam Pulassery Post, Pattambi Palakkad – 679307 
 
16.Naduvattom
G. J. H. S. S, Naduvattom Naduvattom Post, Palakkad - 679308 
 
17.Cherpalchery
G. V. H. S. S, Cherpalchery Cherpalchery Post Palakkad - 679503 
 
18.Kavalappara
G. V. H. S. S, Koonathara Koonathara Post, Kavalappara, Palakkad - 679523 
 
19.Kottayi
Govt. Higher Secondary School Kottayi Post, Palakkad. 
 
20.Ganeshgiri
G. H. S. S, Ganeshgiri Ganeshgiri Post, Palakkad - 679123 
 
21.Peringottukurissi
Govt. Higher Secondary School Peringottukurissi Post, Palakkad. 
 
22.Chundambatta
Govt. H. S. S, Chundambatta Chundambatta Post, Palakkad - 679377 
 
23.Erimayur
Govt. Higher Secondary School Erimayur Post, Palakkad - 678546 
 
24.Kadambur
G. M. H. S. Kadambur Kadambur Post, Palakkad 
 
25.Munnurcode
G. H. S. S. Munnurcode Post Palakkad 
 
26.Vellinezhi
G. H. S. S. Vellinezhi Vellinezhi Post, Palakkad 
 
27.Karakurissi 
G. V. H. S. S. Karakurissi Karakurissi Post, Palakkad 
 
28.Edathanattukara
G. O. H. S. Edathanattukara Post Palakkad 
 
29.Pottassery
Govt. H. S. Pottassery Pottassery Post, Palakkad 
 
30.Alanallur
G. H. S. Alanallur Alanallur Post, Palakkad 
 
31.Karimba
Govt. High School, Karimba Karimba Post, Palakkad 
 
32.Chalissery
G. H. S. S. Chalissery Chalissery Post, Palakkad – 679536 
 
33.Chathannur
G. H. S. S., Chathannur Chathannur Post, Palakkad - 679537 
 
34.Kumaranellur
G. H. S. S. Kumaranellur Kumaranellur Post, Palakkad – 679552 
 
35.Pattancherry
G H S Pattancherry, Pattancherry Post, Palakkad – 678 533 
 
36.Tholannur
Govt. High School, Tholannur, Tholannur Post, Palakkad 
 
37.Thathamangalam 
G S M V H S S, Thathamangalam, Thathamangalam Post, Palakkad-678102 
 
38.Thenkurissi
G H S Thenkurissi, Vilayannur Post, Thenkurissi, Palakkad - 678671 
 
39.Elappully 
Govt. A P H S S, Elappully, Elappully Post, Palakkad – 678 622 
 
40.Ottappalam
G O H S Pattambi, Perumudiyur Post, Ottappalam, Palakkad-679303 
 
41.Thrithala
Gokhale Govt. H S, Kumaranallur, Othalur Post, Thrithala, Palakkad – 679 534 
 
42.Anakkara
G H S, Anakkara, Anakkara Post, Palakkad-679 551 
 
43.Thrithala
G H S S Mezhathur, Mezhathur Post, Thrithala, Palakkad – 679 534 
 
44.Kanjikode
G V H S S, Kanjikode, Kanjikode Post, Palakkad – 678 621 
 
45.Malampuzha
G T W H S, Anakkal, Anakkal Post, Malampuzha, Palakkad – 678 651 
 
46.Malampuzha
G V H S S, Malampuzha, Malampuzha Post, Palakkad – 678 651 
 
47.Ottappalam 
Govt. H S for Deaf and Mutes, Ottappalam, Palakkad-679104 
 
48.Sholayur
Govt.Tribal High School, Sholayur, Palakkad-678 581 
 
49.Angali 
Govt. Triba High School, Pudur Angali P O, Palakkad -678 581 
 
50.Agali
G V H S S, Agali, Palakkad – 678 581. 
 
51.Chittur
Govt. H S, Kozhippara, Kozhippara Post, Chittur, Palakkad – 678 557 
 
52.Muthalamada
Govt. H S S, Muthalamada, Palakkad – 678 507. 
 
53.Kozhianjampara
Bhagavathy Govt. H S , Vannamada, Kozhianjampara, Palakkad – 678 555 
 
54.Alathur
Govt. Girls H S, Alathur, Alathur Post, Palakkad - 678541 
 
55.Mankara
G H S Mankara, Mankara Post, Palakkad – 678 614 
 
56.Koduvayur
Govt. H S S, Koduvayur Post, Palakkad – 678 501. 
 
57.Kodumunda 
G H S S Kodumunda, Kodumunda Post, Palakkad – 679 303 
 
58.Nellaya 
G H S Marayamangalam, Marayamangalam South P.O, Nellaya (Via), Palakkad – 679 335