IIT-Patna experts to help set up hi-tech labs in govt schools | Patna News

PATNA: As part of an agreement, which is to be signed between the Indian Institute of Technology-Patna (IIT-P) and the education department, experts will set up hi-tech science laboratories in the government schools of the state. They will also provide technical support, ensure availability of the required equipment, and impart training to the teachers.
According to sources, the labs will initially be developed in 50 government schools, including seven in Patna district. These are Bankipore Girls’ High School, T K Ghosh Academy, Patna High School, DPCSS Miller High School, Patliputra School, R S M Higher Secondary School, and Ganesh Higher Secondary School.
Additional chief secretary (education), Sanjay Kumar, told this newspaper on Wednesday that experts from the IIT-P would help the government set up science labs in all the 9,360 secondary and higher secondary schools. “The Directorate of Secondary Education is already working on the plan. After Dussehra, we will sign an agreement with the IIT-P in this regard,” he added.
Earlier, the education department used to transfer money to the principals for setting up labs in their respective schools, but “many of them did not know what was needed in a physics or a chemistry lab”. “The IIT-P experts will also train the science teachers of government schools,” Sanjay said.
Education minister, Vijay Kumar Choudhary, claimed that Rs 5 lakh would be given to the IIT-P experts for each lab.

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