Closing the Access, Attainability and Quality gap in STEM education.
Create local ecosystems to synergize quality STEM education and skilling of youth through cross-age peer mentoring at scale.
Poor quality of STEM education and skilling intensity is stunting innovation potential of the country, thereby impeding sustainable development at the grassroots. With the fourth industrial revolution, the future of work is changing at a rapid pace. Increasing skill gap calls for an urgent need to re-train the workforce globally. With a young population of ~ 500M, less than 5% have formal skills training in India. Out of those, less than 1% have the required STEM skills. This increasing skill gap means that millions of young graduates risk losing opportunities for decent work and economic growth as well as lack of innovation and overall stunted job creation. Over 60% of colleges are in rural India with poor technological penetration (<20%), complex socio-cultural fabric and resource starved. Further, a resource intensive STEM education struggles with policy making due to lack of quantitative research studies. With the ongoing pandemic, these challenges are further exacerbated for the rural as well as the urban poor in India.
VigyanShaala is on a Mission to make Quality STEM education accessible to the most marginalised across India. Our unique data driven approach identifies key barriers and bridges STEM professionals, undergraduates and school students to facilitate cross-age peer mentoring and nurturing scientific temperament at scale. We will achieve these through our various programs :