An Indian American STEM Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, will be opening a “Center of Excellence” in Delhi in January that will introduce the STEM program to middle and secondary school students along with training and certifying teachers.
According to a PTI report, the STEM program, which educates students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, will be launched in selected schools across India from January 1 and will be available for students enrolled in grades four through 10.
“The Academy’s mission is to ignite the innovative trait in young Indian students and create a new generation of youngsters who will think out of the box,” Amitabh Sharma, a co-founder of the Academy, told PTI.
Sharma added that the initiative goes along with former U.S. president Barack Obama’s drive to ‘Educate to Innovate’ as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visions of ‘Make in India,’ ‘Digital India’ and ‘New India.’
The program is targeted to students enrolled in schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), State School Boards and International Baccalaureate.
“It is an interdisciplinary way of teaching math and science, integrated with day-to-day engineering and technology,” Sharma added.
Sharma has an MBA, a law degree and a doctorate in marketing and has had experience in the oil and gas, information technology and education fields.
Being the founder of the American India Foundation’s Atlanta Leadership Council, Sharma told PTI that “STEM based learning in India has been limited due to apparent lack of structure and the STEM Academy of USA has developed a unique implementation strategy for India.”
“The world has acknowledged the strength and significance of practical project based learning. Perhaps it is time to move away from traditional rote learning to out-of-the-box creativity oriented learning that nurtures well rounded leaders. Indian youngsters then will well be on the path to becoming capable world citizens and catapulting India to its inventive best,” Sharma added. MPower Global STEM Education will be outreaching and implementing the program to the Indian schools.