The Punjab government will organise excursion of schools students to Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala at its own expense with an aim to inculcating scientific temperament among them.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday approved ‘Mukh Mantri Vigyan Yatra’ scheme, aimed at imbibing scientific temper among the students of Class VI onwards of all government schools in the State, an official spokesperson said.
Under this scheme, over four lakh students will be taken for an excursion to Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala at the State government’s expenditure during the next financial year, he said.
The sole objective of this scheme is to apprise them of various scientific activities related to the Earth and universe and rekindle an urge for scientific temper and quest for advanced learning in these subjects, the spokesperson said.
He said Mr. Badal was deeply concerned over the “disinterest” shown by government school students consistently in science and mathematics and had several brainstorming sessions with eminent academicians and educationists to reverse this trend.
After having a considered view, the Chief Minister has decided to launch this novel scheme to inculcate interest in these subjects through activity based learning and innovative ideas, he said.
This was the need of the hour to make a paradigm shift in students’ mindset and develop aptitude and curiosity for knowledge in science subjects to enable them compete globally with their peers during their pursuit of excellence and professional career, Mr. Badal said.
The first phase of the excursion is likely to begin from February 11 with 28,000 students being taken to the Science City, the spokesperson said.
Pushpa Gujral Science City, the biggest project of its kind in north India, was set up with an aim to inculcating scientific aptitude and temperament and foster the spirit of exploration among young minds.
Set up over 72 acres of land on Jalandhar-Kapurthala Road, the Science City boasts of space theatre, flight simulator, earthquake simulator, fun science, science of sports, energy park and digital planetarium.