Professional Development Program for High School Science Teachers

June 24, 2017


Department of Chemistry, MIT, Manipal is adding colours to the celebrations of Diamond Jubilee of its college in its own way in the form of conducting various programs. In fact, the diamond jubilee celebrations began with the Salters’ Chemistry Camp, a residential program for high school children hosted by Department of Chemistry in association with Royal Society of Chemistry.        

After about six months, the Department hosted a two day workshop - “Professional Development Program for Science Teachers” as a part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations of MIT, again in association with Royal Society of Chemistry from 23 to 24 June, 2017.

To support the Chemistry education program for school students in India, Dr Yusuf Hamied, the Chairman of leading Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla made a generous donation to impart 8,000 teachers across India with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver chemistry lessons, and to share their knowledge with their colleagues. The focus was on innovative program to provide  teachers new tools for delivering and engaging effective chemistry lessons. Teachers were introduced to active learning techniques that can be applied easily in the context of Chemistry. Teachers also explored key topics in depth, learning about the misconceptions students may hold and the ways to tackle them in the classrooms. 

In the inaugural function, the Chief Guest, Sri. Divakar Shetty, Deputy Director for Public Instruction, Udupi, described the need for change in the teaching – learning process in the present day scenario of revolutionary digitalization.  Dr. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education presided over the function. He outlined  the various programs organized by Manipal Academy of Higher Education for the high school teachers and asked them to make the optimum utilization of such programs.  

In this two day workshop, along with mastering the skills to make the learning interesting and interactive, teachers also got the opportunity to try a few  practical chemistry experiments which can be conducted in any settings, including those with no traditional laboratory facilities. 75 teachers from 66 schools of Udupi district deputed by DDPI participated in this event. 

The  teachers were appreciative of  the workshop and mentioned they were introduced with new teaching – learning techniques such as Show me Board, card sort, DART, Tarsia etc. They also expressed that this workshop would immensely benefit their teaching learning process in Chemistry by making it an enjoyable and successful activity. They were confident and optimistic about going back to their schools with greater enthusiasm to make the science learning of their students interesting and enjoyable.  

Dr B S Sherigara, former Vice Chancellor, Kuvempu University was the Chief Guest for the valedictory function and called for the implementation of new learning for which the teachers were trained during the work shop. The valedictory function was presided by Dr B H V Pai, the Joint Director of MIT.