Science is not just about getting marks, it is a discovery and a way of thinking. We have to think scientifically. Unless Indians do that, they cannot pro"gress. Our education system is designed to kill curiosity Thus, we should Question convention"al learning that is not going to be used later in life opined, educational poli"cies and reforms are essential in a country like India " said noted author Chetan Bhagat .
Mr. Bhagat was speaking at the launch of India ,Srilanka operations of Canadian developed MAD Science in Pune on Thursday; he added that sci"ence was not just about getting marks, it was a discovery and a way of thinking. Bhagat delineated various is"sues in Indian education. He emphasized points that children in India would do well to remember.
He said that students today needed five skills - having nec"essary reasoning ability, confi"dence, knowing English and us"ing the language expressively, possessing knowledge of busi"ness and money and knowing how to market one self.
"Effective lobbying will lead to a change in policies and bring about educational reforms. Cur"riculum revision is needed to bring about effective changes in education system. Private players should be brought into the education sec"tor and should be allowed to make profits," said Bhagat.
According to Allyson Roberts, VP Franchise Development, Asia, "Mad Science is thrilled to be partnering with Mission Apollo", a company she believes is "perfectly suited to the goal of growing the Mad Science brand in this region of the world".
Strategic partnerships have also been a hallmark of Mad Science business operations. Whether partnering with publishing giant TIME Magazine, developing retails books through Scholastic"®, or collaborating with world renowned NASA, Mad Science continues to blaze new pathways in the field of science education for kids.
Mad Science has created more than 200 hours of science content, accompanied by more than 2000 hands-on experiments, Topics range from biology, chemistry,' physics and engineering, to environmental sciences, astronomy and technology.
Mr. Sandeep Joshi, CEO of Mission Apollo, who has got the franchisee for Mad Science in India and Srilanka said that Mad Science programs are developed by a collaborative team of professional educators, scientists, and entertainers to ensure that they are accurate, educational, and fun.
Mad Science's themed birthday parties will be the trump-card for Indian kids according to Mr. Joshi , "Approximately one million kids have celebrated and attended Mad Science birthday parties to date." Mr. Joshi feels themed birthday parties will experience similar levels of success in India.
Allyson Roberts also demonstrated some interest"ing scientific experiments. "The more the senses are in"volved, the greater is the amount of knowledge retained. During the earlier years of my life, sci"ence intimidated me. But as I be"came part of Mad Science, I realized it is every where around us and in everything we do. It be"came a fun activity for me," she added.
Notes to Editor
Mission Apollo, a Pune-based organization specializing in children's education, has recently signed an exclusive agreement with Mad Science, the world's leading science enrichment provider for kids. According to the terms of the agreement, Mission Apollo will be granted exclusive rights to develop programs in India and Sri Lanka.