Agastya International Foundation (Agastya) is a transformative educational Foundation. Since its formation in 1999, Agastya is actively engaged in propagating hands-on learning among poor rural children and teachers. It streams its vision and mission to rural India through variety of channels including Creativity Lab located on a 172 – acre campus near Bangalore, 62 Mobile labs spread across 10 states in India and 28 science centers spread across A.P. and Karnataka. Agastya advisers and members include entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, philanthropists and teachers. To date Agastya has directly reached (face-to-face) 5 million children and 150,000 teachers through our continued efforts.
Agastya's hands-on program aims to spark curiosity and addresses significant gaps in the education system viz. lack of practical exposure to science concepts and poor teacher-student interaction. The main goal is to provide access to, attract and retain vulnerable and disadvantaged children to quality educational programs. The programs are holistically designed to spark creative-thinking and problem solving skill, improve learning achievement and expand opportunities. Agastya's educational intervention programs complement and work alongside government programs. For more details visit www.agastya.org
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Agastya is committed to spark creativity in education today so that students can be more enterprising and creative in the future lives. We all know knowledge drives our global economy. Students everywhere need to be prepared to think and reason. They need to be able to analyse problems, envision solutions, and collaborate with others. They must know how to harness technology to help them solve complex problems. And they must be introduced early on to key subject areas such as mathematics and science. Education is the essential ingredient that will prepare them for a changing future. New technologies will continue to transform the world in ways we cannot yet imagine. To survive and thrive in this knowledge-based economy, tomorrow's citizens must be equipped with necessary problem solving skills & tools.
Anveshana is one such platform where engineering students could collaborate with high school students to create innovative models to address real life problems.
The Karnataka State Center of the Institution of Engineers (India) is one of our major supporters in organising this event.