PMMMNMTT : Introduction

Unnat Shikshak - Unnat Bharat
Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education
MHRD, Govt of India Initiative under
PANDIT MADAN MOHAN MALAVIYA NATIONAL MISSION ON TEACHERS AND TEACHING

Education system in our country since Vedic Era till the medieval period was innovative, dynamic, experimentative, par excellence - that created enormous knowledge for the upcoming generations and established our country as the supreme knowledge power/hub/leader across the globe. Irrespective to the field, spanning but not limited to the general science, mathematics, medical science, architecture, water recourse management, balancing nature while leading in the civilization to name a few, we scaled unthinkable dimensions all over and created leaders (Guru) par excellence. In this educational structure, teaching basically used to be two ways modality - mainly via brainstorming sessions with a complete freedom to students (pupil) for experimenting, understanding, learning, innovating. The processes were self-capable in (a) insuring a complete freedom to experiment with the thoughts, (b) providing wider horizon for imagination and innovation that generally led (i) the germination of new concepts/principles and, (ii) new approaches in understanding a given phenomenon from all dimensions without complicating the entire process. The entire education system was focused with an emphasis to create "scholars", and a general ambition among the students (pupil) to be a "scholar". Somehow, in the intermediate period, that educational structure was completely demolished. The adopted educational structure, over the period, could not match the benchmark set by our ancient structure, though there was no dearth of talents in India. Yet, Ramanujam, C.V. Raman, S. N. Bose, S. Radhakrishnan to name a few, rose like giant pillars even in this structure. Nevertheless, a comprehensive analysis could reveal that, over the past few centuries, our country is drastically lagging behind in teaching/research innovations and path breaking knowledge impressions. Deterioration/sharp departure from our own high moral values/standards along with the blind race towards materialism in the globalized world have further acted as a threatening factors to our educational standards - posing a great challenge in (a) retaining/attracting possible scholars/thought-innovators to the education sector that spans primary as well as higher level education; and (b) grooming the abundance of raw talent as global leaders/futuristic scholars in the teaching/research profession while drastically reforming/improving the quality as well as methodology of teaching. There is no denial that the foundation of a global leader (excellent teacher at primary/higher education level and an excellent researcher/scientist) is laid at the school/college/graduation level. Hence, it is this level of our education system, which needs utmost attention as well as comprehensive/coherent contributions from across all corners of the society - well established institutions of repute, individual scholars, policy makers/administrators and the political leadership. Challenges are many! Solutions need to be evolved at the earliest in order to capture the lost glory of India and to establish it once again as the global GURU. Further, the technological revolutions in the past century, especially in the communication industry with the invention of optical fiber and the subsequent transformation from electrical to optical communication systems that brought information to everyone's door-step in the form of internet, making entire world a small knowledge hub, has open up enormous facet of technological exploration and integration. If explored to the fullest of advancements and integrated across the breadth and length of our country with the system, technology will greatly impact/upgrade the educational standard at the foundation (school/college/higher) level.

Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching is itself a visionary/revolutionary scheme launched by the current government. This mission provides unique and ample opportunities to IIT Guwahati in (a) addressing key issues/challenges of the present science & mathematics education structure, and (b) contributing in the best possible capacity to serve the nation in bringing India's past glory of "creative education system" by extending/sharing vast scholarly pool of teachers at IIT Guwahati to the primary/college/higher education sector. Being an institution of repute, IIT Guwahati has emerged as a world class leading institution. Apart from hosting world class infrastructure in the form of teaching and research labs across various disciplines including science and mathematics, it's a home of very talented, innovative, young and dynamic teachers who keep on exploring/experimenting with a quest of setting a new standard for teaching and research. "Centre of excellence in science and mathematics education" in IIT Guwahati aims to exploit its vast human/infrastructure resources in order to innovatively redesign/re-experiment/reform the present science and mathematics pedagogy in order to resolve the challenges faced by India.

by Sunil Khijwania

Prof. Gautam Biswas
Board Chairman and Director
IIT Guwahati
Prof. Y. N. Mohapatra
Department of Physics
IIT Kanpur
Prof. S. Kumaresan
NBHM Visiting Professor
School of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Hyderabad
Prof. Sunil K Khijwania
Principal Coordinator
Center for excellence in
Science and Mathematics Education
IIT Guwahati

Department of Physics


Prof. Y. N. Mohapatra
IIT Kanpur
Prof. R. Rangarajan
PRL, Ahmedabad
Prof. H. C. Verma
IIT Kanpur
Prof. C. Y. Kadolkar
IIT Guwahati
Prof. Sunil Khijwania
IIT Guwahati
Prof. S. B. Santra
IIT Guwahati
Dr. Tarak Nath Dey
IIT Guwahati

Department of Chemistry


Prof. J. N. Moorthy
IIT Kanpur
Prof. S. S. Bag
IIT Guwahati
Prof. A. Chattopadhyay
IIT Guwahati
Prof. B. K. Patel
IIT Guwahati
Prof. Mohd. Qureshi
IIT Guwahati

Department of Mathematics


Prof. S. Kumaresan
UoH, Hyderabad
Prof. S. N. Bora
IIT Guwahati
Prof. S. Pati
IIT Guwahati
Prof. Bhaba K. Sarma
IIT Guwahati
Prof. Rajen K. Sinha
IIT Guwahati
Dr. A. K. Chakrabarty
IIT Guwahati
Mathematics TTC : October 2018 (Exact dates to be announced soon)
Chemistry TTC : October 2018 (Exact dates to be announced soon)
Physics TTC : November 2018 (Exact dates to be announced soon)
Physics Workshop for BSc Students : 11 - 22 June 2018
Physics TTC : 10 - 17 May 2018
Physics TTC 1 : 4 - 6 April 2018
Physics TTC 2 : 9 - 11 April 2018
Institute lecture by Prof H. C. Verma : 9 April, 2018
Organized under CESME, PMMMNMTT Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESME) under PMMMNMTT at IITG organized institute lecture by Prof H. C. Verma on 9th April, 2018. Prof Verma delivered popular lecture titles “Neutrino Katha”. Institute lecture was well attended by students and teachers of IIT Guwahati.
Institute Open Science Day : 9 March, 2018
Organized under CESME, PMMMNMTT Institute Open Science Day was organized on March 09, 2018 by CESME, PMMMNMTT, IIT Guwahati in association with Students’ Academic Board during the Research Conclave - 2018 to showcase different science and technical applications of concepts along with motivational talk by Prof H. C. Verma (ex-professor, IIT Kanpur). This one-day science open activity was attended by more than 700 students and 100 teachers from different schools and colleges of in and around Guwahati.
Sensitization Workshop for Principals of Higher Secondary Schools of Assam : 18 October, 2017
One day Sensitization workshop for Principals of Higher Secondary Schools of Assam was organized on 18th October, 2017 by CESME, PMMMNMTT, IIT Guwahati. The objective to organize this workshop was to bring the salient features and the opportunities under CESME directly to the principals for greater benefit of teachers along with deeper and sustainable integration of all the school teachers of Assam with the teacher’s training activities organized by CESME, IITG. Principals of around 100 schools participated this workshop.
Chemistry TTC : 20 - 29 June 2016
Mathematics 1 TTC : 27 June – 8 July 2016
Mathematics 2 TTC : 27 June – 8 July 2016
Physics TTC : 1 - 10 August 2016
Mr. C S Bhaskar Bora
Nodal Officer
IIT Guwahati
Mr. Lokesh Chakravorty
Department of Physics
IIT Guwahati
Mr. Aniruddha Gogoi
Department of Chemistry
IIT Guwahati
Mr. Aditya Kalita
Department of Physics
IIT Guwahati
Prof. Sunil K. Khijwania
Principal Investigator
Department of Physics
IIT Guwahati
Prof. Subhradip Ghosh
Head of Department
Department of Physics
IIT Guwahati
Prof. Tharmalingam Punniyamurthy
Head of Department
Department of Chemistry
IIT Guwahati
Prof. N. Selvaraju
Head of Department
Department of Mathematics
IIT Guwahati

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