The very core of the Centre's philosophy is to take students, from both school and College, out of the rigid framework of textbooks and encourage them to think, explore and create.
Over the years, the Centre has combined formal and non-formal techniques to formulate many innovative methods to give students a better understanding of Science and Mathematics which not only make the process of learning enjoyable but also sustained and long lasting.
The Centre is dedicated to promote among students, teachers and lay public:
- An understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in the Physical and Biological Sciences and Mathematics.
- The acquisition of scientific knowledge and insights as far as possible by the process of inquiry through experiment, audio-visual media and other means.
- To stimulate interest, encourage and expose the principles of science and the scientific method to elementary, secondary and college students, teachers and the general lay public.
- To be concerned with the role of education and ways of improving education in relation to the individual and the community as a whole.
- To make clear the social implication of science and technology.
The Centre has had the privilege of the association of several eminent scientists like
- Sir C.V. Raman
- Prof. K.R. Ramanathan
- Prof. M.S. Swaminathan
- Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
- Prof. M.G.K. Menon
- Prof. Yashpal
- Prof. P.C. Vaidya
- Prof A. R. Rao
Board of Governors of the Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre (Society) Ahmedabad:Chairman
- Shri Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council, Planning Commission, Govt. of India
- The Secretary, Dept. of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi
- The Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Dept. of Education, Integrated Finance Division, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi
- The Principal Secretary, Dept. of Education, Govt. of Gujarat, Gandhinagar
- Shri Mohal Sarabhai, Trustee, Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad.
- Shri Pradyumnya Vyas, Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
- Shri Bimal Patel, President, CEPT University, Ahmedabad.
- Dr. Abhijit Sen, Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar.
- Ms. Meena Raghunathan, Director - CSW, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, Bangalore.
- Shri B.S. Bhatia, Ahmedabad.
- Shri Chander Mohan, Division Head, Dept of Science & Technology, GOI, New Delhi.
- Ms. Pallavi Patel, Director, CHETNA, Ahmedabad.
- Shri Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education, Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad.
- Shri T.K. Balappan, Secretary, Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad.
- Shri Dilip Surkar, Executive Director, VASCSC, Ahmedabad
The Centre is governed by a Board of Governors, a Standing Committee and the Executive Director is the executive head of the organization. The Centre has 36 full time staff members comprising scientific, technical, administrative and support staff, who manage the projects and programmes of the Centre. In addition there are part time staff, visiting faculty membersand volunteers who help with programmes and events of the Centre.
The scientific staff members are experts in their respective fields such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computers, Electronics, etc.
VASCSC has been networking and working with several institutions and organizations. It is thankful to all these institutions and organizations for their support and cooperation. The following is a list of some of the collaborating institutions:
- All India Radio (AIR)
- American-India Foundation (AIF)
- Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani
- BG India
- Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
- Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology (CEPT)
- Darpana Academy of Performing Arts
- Development and Educational Communication Unit (DECU)
- Gujarat Gas Company Ltd. (GGCL)
- Gujarat Science Academy (GSA)
- Institute for Plasma Research (IPR)
- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
- Mridula Sarabhai Foundation (MSF)
- National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC)
- Physical Research Laboratory (PRL)
- Sheth C. N. Vidyalaya
- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
- Vigyan Prasars
VASCSC has been pioneer in putting forth some hugely successful concepts, which allowed students as well as the community to freely explore on their own and discover for themselves a whole new world of science. A few firsts of the Centre include:Interactive exhibition space:
VASCSC pioneered interactive exhibits in the country. The Centre has an interactive exhibition space called the ‘Quadrangle' which houses a large collection of science exhibits, puzzles and games.Open laboratories:
The Centre has well-equipped laboratories in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computers, which are open for all. Every Sunday, under the ‘Open House' programme, students, teachers and even laypeople can perform experiments related either to the school curriculum or even outside of it. Experts from the Centre provide guidance wherever and whenever required.Mathematics Laboratory:
The Centre was one of the first places to have a full-fledged Mathematics Laboratory, which is still engaged in cultivating an interest in the subject of mathematics through workshops, training programmes for teachers, students as well as parents, etc.Science Playground:
The Centre has been a pioneer in developing a unique concept-Science Playground. It is the first of its kind in the world. This initiative of the Centre is a unique experiment to introduce children to the fascinating world of science through outdoor participatory activities. This facilitates science learning in the process of playing and fun.VASCSC has been instrumental in setting up six other Science Centres in India
- The Centre for Science Education, NEHU, Shillong
- The Discovery Science Centre, Kohima
- The Baroda Community Science Centre, Vadodara
- Science Centre, Dhrol
- Badoli Science Centre
- The Prayog Community Science Centre, Rajkot (now known as the Shri O.V. Sheth Community Science Centre
The Centre has played a pivotal role in the formation of the following sister organizations:
- 1976 VIKSAT
- 1978 CHETNA
- 1984 CEE
- 2003 KHAMIR
The Centre has been one of the first places to actively use computers in science education, it being the first institution to use BBC computers to develop education programmes. For this, a computer laboratory was set up which imparts training to teachers, students and general community. In fact, VASCSC was a pioneer in developing and using interactive (animated) programs for educational purposes.At the same time, the Centre has been actively engaged in the following developmental work:
- Development of new teaching material and methods
- Development and production of “science kits”
- Development of interactive exhibits
- Development of theme exhibitions
- Publication of books, booklets, wall magazines, pamphlets etc.
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- Annual Report 2011-2012
- Annual Report 2010-2011
- Annual Report 2009-2010
- Annual Report 2008-2009