SETTING UP A WORLD CLASS CHEMISTRY LAB AT IISER, PUNE
At Indian Institute Of Science Education & Research (IISER), Pune, we have supported the set up of a state-of-the art 27,000 square feet ground plus two storied chemistry lab for undergraduate students.
4 top-notch laboratories in line with the international standards of chemistry practicals are being used for industry collaboration and student outreach activities. The centre will also serve 5,000 students and 1,000 teachers every year from proximate schools and colleges that do not have access to such high-end learning facilities.
To promote the outreach programme, which is in line with the National ‘Student-Scientist’ connect programme, the Centre is equipped with:
A demonstration lab for virtual and actual demonstration of experiments
A computer centre equipped with 50 computers and audio-visual aids
A dedicated computer lab with 40 computers for advanced chemistry computational courses
Cipla Foundation’s association with IISER Pune will help advance an environment of research and discovery in India at par with global standards. It gives me immense pride to contribute to the growth of a prestigious institution like IISER Pune and especially support the chemistry department. Such world class facilities are the seeding ground for cutting edge innovation that drives science towards the betterment of society.
Supporting government and government-aided schools near Cipla manufacturing units
MINI SCIENCE CENTRES (STEM LABS)
We have supported the set up of Mini Science Centres in schools to teach innovative and interactive concepts in science and mathematics. The STEM model provides a practical approach to science activities and stimulates curiosity, while developing student aptitude and skills.
SANITATION BLOCKS AND OTHER SUPPORT
In line with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and to promote retention in higher classes especially among girls, we have set up sanitation blocks in schools located around Cipla manufacturing units. Additionally we also support schools with infrastructure renovation like set-up of solar power systems, water purification equipment etc for an improved learning environment.
E-LEARNING FACILITIES & LIBRARY SET UP
To take forward the government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and promote quality learning in schools in remote communities, we have supported the set-up of computer labs and e-learning equipment as well as libraries and provision of grade relevant books. With Project Bookworm we have been conducting library sessions that include book browsing and independent reading, borrowing books for home, read aloud sessions and teaching time.
MOBILE SCIENCE LABS
A unique hands-on and interactive learning programme that we support with Agastya International Foundation to spark curiosity and love for science among students. We support eight vans across six locations in India.
Learning Sessions Supported
“I can teach about human body parts and functions and can help solve problems about health and hygiene, all because of Agastya instructors. Many concepts in force and pressure became clear to me because of the interactive teaching.”
“Our instructor taught us how to build a water tank using low cost materials, make flowers using papers and how to use waste materials to build low cost models and even explained the principles behind these models.”
As part of this project, we also support teacher training modules where teachers learn model-making and interactive teaching methods. Additionally, we also support community engagement sessions where the van goes to villages and remote locations to build understanding of basic science concepts among people.
COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY
In Kurkumbh, we have been partnering with Creative Computers since 2018 to support a digital learning program for students and teachers. The three month course MSCIT (Maharashtra State Certificate in Information & Technology) has supported over 140 students till date and the MSACIT (Maharashtra State Advanced Certificate in Information & Technology) course is being run for teachers.
NURTURING YOUNG ONES
Together with the Himalayan Social Institute, we have been supporting pre-schools or Balvatikas since 2014 for children 3-6 years living in slums near the Cipla Baddi manufacturing unit. The pre-schools offer free-of-cost education to students as well as cater to the needs of nutrition and hygiene in the critical formative years of their life. They also keep children safe when their parents, mostly migrant daily wage laborers, go for work leaving the children alone in the settlements.
Children reached till date
My 12 year old daughter stopped going to school so she could take care of her 5 year old sister when both my husband and I were at work. It was only when my younger one started going to the Balvatika that my older daughter could resume her school. I feel relieved knowing my daughters are safe and are learning. In Covid lockdown, the school has closed but the Balvatika team has been reaching out to us, also supporting young girls with menstrual hygiene, distributing sanitary pads etc.
Together with the Center for Advanced Research and Development (CARD) we initiated the Anganwadi Development Project in 2018 in villages of Kalibillod and Bardari near Cipla Indore manufacturing unit. The project strengthens Anganwadi centers and promotes health and nutrition programmes in the surrounding areas through training of Aanganwadi workers, running health awareness sessions, supporting immunization drives and more.
This initiative is continuing during Covid with the team doing door-to-door awareness building for the pandemic.
Children Reached Through 10 Centres
ENCOURAGING ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS
One of the longest standing Cipla traditions that we take forward is presenting financial merit awards to rank holders from government and government-aided schools. This initiative aims to encourage hardworking and exemplary students, including students with disabilities who have secured top positions in state-level board exams, despite the challenges they face.
In 2019-20, we have :
Felicitated 620+ students
BECAUSE LEARNING SHOULD NEVER STOP
Despite schools closing due to Covid, students and teachers from government and government-aided schools near Cipla units continue to learn.
Our on-ground partners are bringing a whole new world of digital education into remote communities by unlocking online learning in science, math, computers, art, craft, literature and more.
Children of Cipla employees also joined these partner-led sessions in select locations.
Students reached through virtual classes
DIGITAL TEACHERS TRAINING PROGRAM – LEARNING BEYOND CLASSROOMS
In addition to continuing online classes for students, we have been running virtual training programmes for government and government-aided school teachers about interactive ways to teach science through innovative low-cost models.
Teachers Trained Through 30 Virtual Sessions
As my school closed due to the lockdown and I was home the whole day, my mother forced me to do household work. I used to get very exhausted and had no time to study. I am happy that the digital sessions have started and the assignments and exercises are keeping me busy and engaged. My mother now understands that I am learning as she sees me performing the experiments.