VigyanShaala believes in the Philosophy of Citizen Science . We desire people from diverse communities that are committed to the reason for which they would like to join our movement. If you are committed, open to learn-unlearn-relearn and sharing, then we will provide a platform for you to follow your passion. A 2-3 hours/week commitment continuously for a period of at least 3-4 months is a bare minimum requirement which further depends on the level of contribution.
We have innumerable avenues and methods for contribution and are confident of matching your aspirations. Listed below are the “Zones” where you could place yourself in and contribute the way you aspire.
Requirements and Time commitments: In this role we are typically looking for experienced researchers (10+ years). Typically they are Professors, Scientists in Labs, Scientists/Engineers working in STEM in Private Companies.Please refer to our Approach/Our Model page to understand the critical role a Guru plays in society.
One of the major roles of a Guru is to mentor Masters and PhD students to further their Research Careers or Industrial Careers at the same time provide them support with their academics. Each PhD student will be given a 10-Hour Coaching session from you spread over 5 months (One Call Each Fortnight). It is recommended that a Guru coaches at least 2-Students at one time. The Career Opportunities and Exposure of the students pursuing higher education is alarmingly low. This demotivates many students in pursuing STEM and has a trickle-down effect, which is critical to solve and can only be done by experienced STEM professionals.
The model is very similar to the ‘Tutor’ model that is prevalent in top universities such as the University of Cambridge. We understand this might be new to you, however full support will be provided by us in this endeavour and make this job much easier and very fulfilling. You will be surprised how giving what you feel is trivial is actually ‘Gold’ to the students you will mentor. So if you are on the fence or have any doubts please call us.
What do you get out of it :
Please do write to us if you think you are interested by completing this contact form. Please do write in the subject “Be a Guru”.
Requirements and Time commitments: This is one of the key role in the VigyanShaala ecosystem. We are looking for highly committed and motivated personnel who are keen in making a difference or would like to give back to the community. This is a non-negotiable 1-Year minimum lock-in commitment.
The major role of the Mentor is to ‘Deep-Mentor’ Undergraduate students who are typically studying BSc/BTech. A whole mentoring curriculum is developed and you will be expected to attend few days training session on how to go about it. This is an overall mentoring: Examples include mentoring them in basic computer skills such as excel, tracking their academic progress, pushing and preparing them to find summer internships even if in your own place of work, helping them in developing experiments in the VS lab etc. You will also be expected to be deeply involved in the projects the Undergraduate Mentees will perform in the VS-labs, help them when they are stuck, give them few directions the projects can lead to obtain interesting results and if possible also get involved yourself in the making. This is typically 3-4 hours/week requirement, along with attending training sessions and at least perform 1 workshop with a mentee in a school, college or marketplace.
If you are from an DST/DAE/DBT institute, we are willing to offer this as a curriculum where you can gain credits for the mentoring. This could take some time so please do contact us to check the possibility.
What do you get out of it :
Please do write to us if you think you are interested by completing this contact form. Please do write in the subject “Be a Mentor”.
Requirements and Time commitments:
You are typically from a Underprivileged Background or from a Tier-2 Tier-3 town pursuing an Undergraduate degree in STEM. Your academic performance is reasonable (above 50%) and your motivation to pursue Quality higher studies in STEM is very high. You must dream to study and work in the top leading places in the world. If you are motivated enough, we can show you how to get there.You are motivated to share what you learn with the community and are willing to travel to at least 1 school every week and conduct 1 experimental session.
We require a group of at least 5 students from the same academic batch from the same college to consider talking to the college authorities. We will then provide a entrance exam and screen the best students. We will set up a very basic lab in your college and help you grow it in a project-based learning setup. Your lab will grow over time in a very similar manner to how a lab in the University of Cambridge or IIT-Mumbai grows.
What do you get out of it :
We will change your life. The Question is are up to it.? This will be one big ride for you. You will be mentored by highly accomplished students, you will perform weekly workshops in schools and local areas, you will perform full time projects in labs, you will attend internships in top labs of the country, you will be set up to become a leader of STEM in your community so you will be quite famous and draw a lot of attention from school children and parent alike. All of this and much more going on side by side with the normal academics. So the question is are you up for this fantastic ride?
Please do write to us if you think you and your group of students in your college (8-10 of them) are interested and motivated to achieve all of the above. Please write in the subject “STEM Champion Group:”.
We work with Colleges and Institutes to start Open Community Science & Technology Spaces in their Campus. This is to foster a culture of citizen science. We have a few guidelines and requirements to collaborate with institutes:
Our motive is to heavily impact the culture of the colleges and institutes that we work with. We work with partner with decades of experience and have learnt that it usually takes a few years to observe large changes and lot of effort is required. It is not very difficult though and can be done with effort and persistence. Hence we require serious commitment from the institutes and colleges we collaborate with, to make tangible changes. Please submit the contact form with subject “Start a VigyanShaala Lab:”.
We are always looking for motivated and talented people to join us. Please submit the contact form with the Subject “Career:” followed by the role would like to perform with us.
Not sure how to join the movement Or have other things you have on your mind, like content development, or join in on a workshop etc.? Please feel free to write to us. Contact Using the Form below with the Subject “Other:” and complete the subject with your idea.
We welcome committed people who can spare at least 2-4 hours a week for a minimum sustained period of 1 month. We will try and keep you excited .!