IISER Mohali remains committed to science outreach activities with a view to broaden the awareness about science and opportunities in science in various sections of society. In particular, IISER Mohali's Outreach Programme is aimed at improving the quality of science education at all levels and at inculcating the spirit of scientific enquiry among young students. The following activities were organized under the Outreach Programme:
Visits by School and College Students
During the year, a large number of students from schools and colleges in the region, visited IISER Mohali. The groups were taken around to visit various research facilities at IISER Mohali and they also interacted with scientists and students at the Institute.
Teachers Training Programs
Teachers training programs were organized at IISER Mohali in collaboration with SISE (State Institute of Science Education Punjab). Particularly noteworthy was the program for Mathematics teachers, organized during Oct 14-15, 2015.
DST Child Scientists camp
A science camp was organized during June 22-July 4, 2015 for Child Scientists selected by DST in the Children Science Congresses held in the previous two years.This was the first camp of its type, where each Child Scientist undertook a two-week long research project with an IISER scientist. The camp was very well received by the Child Scientists as well as IISER faculty. These Child Scientists came from all over the country and stayed at IISER Mohali. Apart from the research projects, they attended lectures by scientists and science demonstration sessions by IISER students.
Open Day was celebrated on September 27, 2015, the Foundation Day of IISER Mohali. The program was organized by IISER Mohali students for the school students of the region and was co-ordinated by Dr. N. G. Prasad and Dr. Vinayak Sinha on behalf of the Institute Outreach Committee. More than 200 school children from 18 schools in the tricity region and places as distant as Yamunanagar participated in the program. The Institute declared an Open Day to provide an opportunity for city residents and school students alike to visit the institute research facilities and interact with IISER Mohali faculty and students. A variety of events were held including science quizzes, group discussions and a treasure hunt. In addition, several non-competitive events such as science and maths demonstrations, documentary screening, superstition busting chemical demonstrations and poster presentations were also organized for the visitors. In the evening, prize winning school students were awarded prizes by the Chief Guest of the Foundation Day, Professor M. M. Sharma in the institute auditorium.
DST INSPIRE Internship Camp
A DST INSPIRE internship camp was organized for about 200 students during January 2-6, 2016. The highlight of the camp was the lecture by Nobel Laureate Professor V. Ramakrishnan. A unique feature of the camp was that the participating students conducted 20 experiments over 06 days. Elaborate experiment kiosks were setup in the Lecture Hall Complex of IISER Mohali.
Ishan Vikas camp
A camp was organized under the Ishan Vikas program of the MHRD for 30 students from the North-East during July 4-16, 2015. During this camp, the students from the North-East attended lectures by scientists from IISER Mohali and the region. They participated in science demonstration sessions by IISER students and faculty. For their cultural integration, a trip to important historical and cultural sites in Punjab was organized. The cultural activities included them producing a play and IISER Mohali students organizing a National Integration session with them everyday.
Rashtriya Avishkar Abhyan
IISER Mohali is acting as the mentor Institution for UT Chandigarh and the state of Punjab for the RAA (Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan). In this context a program for 500 rural school students was organized on February 28, 2016 where school teachers trained by IISER Mohali showcased their demonstration experiments. This program is likely to continue in the coming years and IISER Mohali will continue to provide mentorship to UT and Punjab.