Tamil Nadu government has launched Vanavil Mandram Scheme 2023 to promote scientific interest among school students. In this scheme, students of class 6th to 8th will be able to learn Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The CM also flagged off 100 mobile science and mathematics laboratories on behalf school’s Education department to stimulate the scientific temper among students.
Vanavil Mandram (Rainbow forum) is a unique initiative to foster scientific interest among school students. The new Vanavil Mandram Scheme was launched by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on 28 November 2022. It is aimed at promoting interest among the students of standards 6 to 8 to learn Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Also, the Chief Minister M.K. Stalin flagged off 100 mobile science and mathematics laboratories on behalf school’s Education department to stimulate the scientific temper among students. They would teach students science experiments and mathematics, on a monthly basis, with proper guidance, and display science tools made by students.
Vanavil Mandram scheme will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs. 25 crore to benefit 25 lakh government school students. Earlier, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin visited the classrooms where science experiments were conducted by the students under the guidance of the teachers and interacted with them.
Special training has been given to teachers who had expressed interest in participating in the Vanavil Mandram programme across the state. These students will share the methods they have used so far in teaching and provide suggestions for continued implementation of the programme.
About 710 STEM facilitators have been selected across Tamil Nadu to implement Vanavil Mandram programme so that they can act as mobile science and mathematics experimenters. Also, they will guide in conducting simple science experiments for students of 6th to 8th standard.