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Mobile school & community science labs launched in Odisha

Chief Secretary Mr. Aditya Prasad Padhi flagged off mobile school & community science laboratories for 5 blocks of southern Odisha.

The vehicles started towards the respective blocks from secretariat premises. Replying to media query on the occasion, Mr. Padhi said this initiative has been started by Govt of Odisha in collaboration with TCS foundation and Tata Trusts. The initiative aims at creating an environment of learning excellence in south Odisha through multi-stake holder engagement including community, school, teachers and students.

A total number of 5 mobile labs were inaugurated by the Chief Secretary. Mr. Anubhav Pattaniak, MLA, Khandpada, Mrs. Ranjana Chopra, Secretary School & Mass Education, Mr. Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh Secretary Panchayati Raj, Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Mr. Vir Vikram Yadav, Secretary Science & Technology joined the occasion as guests of honor. 

Welcoming the guests Mr. Jitendra Nayak, Regional Manager, Tata Trust said that these 5 vehicles would cover 5 blocks in southern Odisha namely Muniguda, Bissamcuttack, Thuamul Rampur, Lanjigarh and Kothgarh.  The vehicles were designed as multi-purpose mobile labs and they would cover all primary and secondary schools in these blocks.

 Available data show, around 25,000 students of 250 elementary and secondary schools would get exciting learning experiences through these vehicles. The vehicles are equipped with equipments, application models and charts as per the curricular needs of the schools. They also carry all audio-visual apparatus like TV, Projector, Audio amplifier, solar power back-ups, etc to support science and math learning through audio-visual communication and simulation experiments. The vehicles have been fitted with GPS trackers to provide real time data on movement of the labs. The NGOs, teachers and community members have been tagged up with the programme to make it broad based and outcome oriented.

 Mrs. Priya S. Mahapatara, General Manager TCS, Mr. Manoj Panda of TCS along with other dignitaries and senior officers from Govt of Odisha participated in the flag-off ceremony. 

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