The Innovations Conclave 2018 by Parikrma Humanity Foundation and Tata Communications
Newer paradigms of learning are now needed with respect to tackling the approach to education in India. With growing focus on 21st century skills, we must turn the tables around in contemporary education. This includes laying a stronger emphasis on critical thinking, scientific discovery, application of creativity and innovation in education concepts.
Under the aegis of Global Citizenship Education, a collaborative initiative between Parikrma Humanity Foundation & Tata Communications, we want to attempt reversing thinking trends across schools. The objective is not just creating opportunities for the marginalized, but also to prepare a model that can be replicated across different schools to celebrate larger values of innovation and discovery. While government schools struggle with the lack of basics, mainstream schools are throttled with misplaced priorities of their students’ achievements.
Under the aegis of Global Citizenship using ICT- over 50 schools from across the country were invited to contribute and participate in coveting for this Annual Award.
At the Innovations Conclave 2018 by Parikrma and Tata Communications we honour Padma Bhushan Professor V Rajaraman. His students, Rajeev Chawla,Additional Chief Secretary to government;Prof. Soumitra Kumar Nandy, Dr. Ranjani Narayan & Dr. TS Mohan share their personal experiences with us.
How can innovation & technology help schools achieve the #UNsustainabilitygoals2030? Panellists (a CEO, VP of school, entrepreneurs, CSR heads and a student) share their POVs on the subject.
"We don't want to create more job seekers, but more job creators. We support innovation and creativity in schools," said chief guest, Dr Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary, Primary & Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka.
The Delhi Public School (North) wins the first place in the Best Innovative Idea category. All first three winners won cash prizes to leverage their sustainable goal further and better.
Parikrma won the third place for the best Innovative Practice for its Friendship Bench concept.
The year 2018 has been highly rewarding and in many ways. Our children have been participating and a part of some interesting collaborations and events.
Here are a few highlights IN March 2018:
Founder Shukla Bose was awarded the Woman Achiever's Award 2018 from Lakshmi Ishwar, President, FICCI, FLO. She was also invited to speak at the INKher 2018 event - where she spoke about the Parikrma journey and about a decade of data from schools serving slums.
The Parikrma girls football team were runners up and one of the players won the Star of the Tournament award at the Rejuvenators Cup 2018.
At the Innovations Conclave 2018 – Parikrma won the third place for the best Innovative Practice for its Friendship Bench concept.
This year, 37 schools in Bangalore were inducted into the School Health Hall of Fame and 9 of them were recognised for their innovative health practices at the Parikrma Address Health Awards.
Giving the keynote address was Dr Thimappa Hegde, director & senior consultant neurosurgeon, Nayarayana Institute of Neurisciences. A highly inspiring speech, Dr Hegde talked about the need for transformation and mind mastery... for a better and a positive world. "The more you are grateful the more happy you are. Appreciate the gift of this moment and make the most of life," he said.
"Role of schools in child mental health: police, mentor, friend or spy?" Interesting points and facts were being raised and discussed at the panel discussion today. Experts included psychiatrists, psychologists and principals of schools.
...And the stage was lit up and the audience sang along, loud and cheerful to the songs performed by the very talented Raghu Dixit.
We thank Address Health for their constant support and partnership!
Two hundred students from schools in Bangalore including 4 government schools got an opportunity to understand the science behind AIR and its multiple facets first-hand through leading scientists of the city!
1. Bharat Ratna awardee, eminent scientist and Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, Professor C.N.R. Rao, inaugurated the festival with a speech.
2. Professor Ramananda Chakrabarti, assistant professor CES, IISc gives a talk on the evolution of oxygen.
3. What is an emission test – why is it important? How do we conduct such a test? Children get a first-hand dekho of emission test, while taking down readings (live)
4. A think-tank of architects, urbanists and technologists in Bengaluru with a core focus on making cities healthier, safe and more inclusive – Sensing Local made kids map the distance from home to school, the mode of transport they use, to calculate each child’s carbon footprint.
1. A documentary on air pollution by Sunita Narain
2. A talk on clouds and monsoons by Dr. Sulochana Gadgil, Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, an Indian meteorologist at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS).
3. An inspirational talk about teaching and passion by Dr Indumati Rao
4. Dr Nagbushan on air pollution and health.
5. Dr SN Omkar, Chief Research Scientist at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc on aerodynamics
6. Children got to watch and understand the working of a drone and a quadcopter and witnessed them take to the air and watched how a wind tunnel works.
1. Starting this year, at the festival of science, we will recognise and celebrate an Indian scientist who has contributed immensely to science post-independence. This year we celebrate Dr. Satish Dhavan. Satish Dhawan was an Indian aerospace engineer, widely regarded as the father of experimental fluid dynamics research in India. Professor Padmanabhan Balaram an internationally renowned, leading bio-organic chemist and the receiver of the Indian Civilian honor of the Padma Bhushan introduces us to Dr Satish Dhavan. Padma Vibushan winner, Professor Roddam Narasimha also shares his personal experience of being a student under Professor Satish Dhavan.
2. The hackathon: a corporate proposes to set up an IT Park near a clean, quiet locality (residents are children). Stakeholders representing the IT, BBMP, Uber, MLA and the green activists pitch their view to proposals to children. What will the residents (children) do? What will they settle for? What will they demand?
3. Air Summit: Children representing different polluted countries across the globe took to the stage to explain the state of pollution in their countries and why they need the fund and how they will use it sustainably to tackle the problem.
As yet another Festival of Science draws to an end… children from all schools take an oath - pledging their support, promising to be responsible citizens & work towards a safe and a clean environment and a better planet.