IIT-Madras launched a summer STEM programme for students in rural schools

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is creating a summer programme for rural school children in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). From June 20 to 25, 2022, this outreach programme will take place.

The varsity hopes to reach at least one lakh government school students across the country. Because of the evolving educational environment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this curriculum will be conducted entirely online. The course will be delivered in both English and Tamil.

At the moment, 100 students have been chosen to begin this programme. The goal of IIT Madras is to teach and push students to pursue scientific and technological achievements.  “The Department has given importance to students from disadvantaged blocks while selecting students for this program. This 100 students is only a beginning and many more students will be brought in. This program has 70 per cent of hands-on component with the rest being theory,” said Thiru. Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, Minister for School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.

The Department of School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, has chosen 100 students from class 10. Officials from the department identify and approach students from underprivileged background, then send a list to IIT-Madras. The university then contacts these students and arranges transportation, housing, and other services. Students will spend a week on campus and will be given an electronic kit when they arrive.

They will be taught a variety of topics, including environmental and electronic aspects of engineering, technological advancement in renewable energies, and applied mathematics, to name a few.

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