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Teachers’ training and adoption of schools by CSIR-NIO
CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), Goa organized a four day “Faculty Training and Motivation (FTAM)” program for high school teachers from Goa from 9th to 12th Sep, 2014 and the “Adoption of schools and colleges” funded by Human Resource Department Group of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. The purpose of FTAM is to re-energize teachers, expose them to recent development in different fields of science and enhance their knowledge about world of oceans. NIO conducts this outreach program every year and has successfully trained 161 teachers from various schools across Goa since its inception in 2004. This year the program was attended by 8 science teachers from different schools of Goa.
The program consisted of lectures on latest trends in biotechnology, coastal zone management and underwater cultural heritage. The programme included demonstration of sophisticated equipments and visits to aquaculture laboratory housing sea horse and ornamental fishes, as well as marine archeology museum with artifacts of ancient maritime implements and pottery. The teachers also participated in activities such as role play on societal issues, group discussions on environmental topics and an ocean quiz were also conducted.
Under the scheme-“Adoption of Schools & Colleges by CSIR Labs”, NIO gifted laboratory equipment consisting of binocular and biological microscopes, chemical storage cupboard and chalk less boards costing Rs. 1 lakh to the two adopted schools namely, Govt. High School, Dona Paula and Govt. Higher Secondary School, Sanquelim. Under this scheme, the students of these schools can avail laboratory and library facilities at NIO, as well as attend any public lectures and seminars at the Institute.
The function was attended by the staff and the students of the schools. Dr. Rajiv Nigam, Dy. Director, NIO assured the students of all the help that NIO could give and also urged the schools to take maximum benefit of this opportunity. The scientific equipments were handed over to the representatives of the schools by Dr. Nigam who congratulated the participants and awarded the certificates during the concluding session. Dr Maria Brenda L. Mascarenhas Pereira, Senior Scientist and the Coordinator of the program proposed the vote of thanks.
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