Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today launched Mobile School & Community Science Laboratories for five blocks of Southern Odisha here.
On this occasion he said this initiative has been started by the State Government in collaboration with TCS Foundation and Tata Trusts.
The initiative aims at creating an environment of learning excellence in south Odisha through multi-stake holder engagement including community, school, teachers and students.
Health & Family Welfare Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda, Secretary Science & Technology Vir Vikram Yadav, Secretary School & Mass Education Ranjana Chopra and Panchayati Raj Secretary Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, were present on the occasion.
Regional Manager, Tata Trust Jitendra Nayak said that these 5 vehicles would cover 5 blocks in southern Odisha namely Muniguda, Bissamcuttack, Thuamul Rampur, Lanjigarh and Kothgarh.
The vehicles were designed as multi-purpose mobile labs and they would cover all primary and secondary schools in these blocks.
Notably, around 25,000 students of 250 elementary and secondary schools will benefit through these vehicles which are equipped with equipments, application models and charts as per the curricular needs of the schools.
They also fitted with all audio-visual equipment like TV, Projector, Audio amplifier, solar power back-ups, etc to support science and math learning through audio-visual communication and simulation experiments.
The vehicles have been fitted with GPS trackers to provide real time data on movement of the labs and NGOs, teachers and community members have been tagged with the programme to make it broad based and outcome oriented.
General Manager TCS Priya Mohapatra, TCS’ Manoj Panda along with other dignitaries and senior State government officials were present during the flag off of these vehicles.