In a hope of providing an equal opportunity of guidance in education especially to the remote area government school students in the field of science & technology, a group of IITians and IIM Alumnus took an initiative in the form of Vikalpa Foundation in 2012.
Bring India to ladder of innovation in the field of science.
There is no doubt that India is among the countries having large number of science students. Nonetheless, India is under-performing in field of innovation (especially in science & technology). This is evident from underachievement of India in field of Research and also poor worldwide ranking of India’s best institutions.
“India which once used to lead the world education during ancient time as evident from existence of Taxshila and Nalanda universities, presently do not have even a single institute/university which figures in top 200 institutes across the world. “
Moreover, now, we give so less value to innovation that rather than setting our own benchmark or metrics to value innovations which impact a part of our lives, our best minds are looking for recognition outside India.
The turnaround in this declining culture of innovation can occur only when the culture of innovation is cultivated from school age and by overturning the student’s orientation towards science where students appreciates discipline of science as culmination of study, application and research & innovation, rather than just a job securing discipline. This requires the reversing students’ rising disinterest towards study and teachers indifferent attitude towards students. This is achievable only by bringing the best mind in field of teaching.
To bring culture of innovation and to assist every capable student to get admission in best science colleges (IIT/AIIMS) by providing a platform for interaction between students and country’s best brains as teachers.
Vikalpa’s faculty members believe that all factual knowledge is present in books and it is wrong and unethical to charge parents for that factual knowledge which is the part of books for more than 300 years. A teacher simply needs to provide guidance and to motivate students to make them capable to harness their potential to the maximum extent possible. He should be able to make them look through books to understand the concept and able to apply those concepts in real life and further, able to relate science with nature. It will cultivate a culture of innovation in students and eliminate the growing culture of Rattebaji (cramming). Once this is done, students will enjoy the study and will study to learn, not merely to obtained marks or rank. However, rank/marks will follow the natural course (“Work for Excellence Success will follow you”).