Anveshana

Anveshana 2018

Anveshana Program is structured around the following concept of 'mentoring':

“Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé)" (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentorship).

Anveshana is a Science & Engineering competition which will culminate in a Fair where the students will exhibit their projects/models. This Competition will primarily involve undergraduate Engineering students and underprivileged school going students where the students together will follow philosophies and practices of hands-on learning, research orientation, to make models based on Engineering-Science concepts. The Engineering Students will mentor school students in the creation of models while inducing knowledge and confidence in them.

Engineering colleges will participate as teams with 2 members. The teams will select 2 students from nearby underprivileged schools (Govt. and Govt. aided schools) to mentor them to design and build models or projects around an identified social problem. The school students thus will be exposed to entire planning, designing and building process of the models and in turn will get educated in the scientific and engineering concepts behind the models in Anveshana.

Agastya International Foundation has been conducting it successfully every year in association with Synopsys India ltd., from 2011-12 in Bangalore and 2013-14 in Hyderabad, and from 2015-16 in NCR Delhi

Anveshana is well received by engineering colleges in both Karnataka and Telangana (Hyderabad).

Objective of Anveshana

  • To develop innovation and creativity among students from engineering colleges and nearby disadvantaged schools in Hyderabad and Karnataka
  • To facilitate process of mentoring between engineering students and school students while they plan, design and make the models together
  • To Bridge the knowledge gap between school and higher education through integration of ideas and learned concepts
  • To develop new models and TLM's using Engineering skills, which can be used in the future by Agastya Team while they teach children and teachers among the disadvantaged sections of the society

Theme for Hyderabad (Telangana & AP)

Theme for Karnataka

Theme for NCR-Delhi

Process of Anveshana (Engineering Fair & Competition)

  • Initial Screening of Engineering College Teams: Concept synopses based on social problems and related Engineering solutions are invited from engineering college teams for pre-screening by the jury
  • Screening, selection of Synopsis and identifying mentees: Once selected the teams were asked to contact local schools with underprivileged status and to form school student teams to plan, design and make the models, while collaborating and mentoring the high school students
  • Model Creation and Quality Check by Agastya team: Students will create knowledge networks between them, their peers and with external resource persons to create conceptual and methodological framework to create the models. Here, Agastya teams along with assigned senior resource persons (senior educators, engineers etc.) will visit the colleges to assist the teams conceptually and in the making of the models while providing inputs including scientific and technological inputs. One of the main reasons for these visits is to assure the quality of the collaboration and teaching-mentoring-learning outcomes
  • Conceptual - Technological advice from Agastya: Agastya will also help the teams to establish links between prominent institutions like Indian Institute of Science, Institution of Engineers, Indian Institute Technology etc. – in case they need any technological or conceptual inputs
  • Anveshana Fair begins: The models thus made will be exhibited in Anveshana Engineering fair where the teams would be presenting the same in front of an expert Jury for Judgement. During the fair, students display their research projects, working models and present their findings orally and through written journals to the Jury (mostly a team of scientists and educators). The judging process involves series of interactions on the concepts, methodology and objectives of the projects done by the students
  • Delegates attending the fair: After the judging process students from various schools and delegates representing various institutions are also expected to attend the fair. Delegates attending the event will include scientists and educators from large number of institutions across the state
  • Prizes will be awarded at a valedictory function – towards the end of the fair

Expected Outcomes

  • 100 ideas – generated
  • Expected to create ideas for over 100 models of which about 40 would be short listed for final prototyping and evaluation
  • 200 School Students will undergo direct training in model making thus improving their design, conceptualizing and leadership skills. In addition will receive training in soft skills viz. Team Work, Communication, thus improving their confidence levels
  • 200 Engineering Students from among 100 Engineering Colleges will undergo direct training in model making thus improving their design, conceptualizing, mentoring and leadership skills
  • 1000 School Students will get exposure to model making concepts thus while understanding the linkages between concepts learned in the classroom , associated learning methodologies and aspects of model making
  • 200 Engineering Students from different colleges will get exposure to the models and will participate in discussions
  • Participating students will imbibe questioning spirit and receive research orientation
  • Increased social awareness among engineering students as they are gearing up towards professional life
  • Cross pollination of information, knowledge and experience between school education and collegiate education

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