Dr. A.S. Rao Examination

SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH EXAMINATION (STSE)

The Council conducts Science Talent Search Examinations (STSE), every year, on the last Sunday of December for students of 8th, 9th, 10th and Intermediate (Jr) classes. The question papers are of “objective type”, with three sections containing
a) single correct answer questions,
b) multiple correct answers questions and
c) ‘assertion-reason’ type questions.

The questions test the depth of understanding of the subject and analytical thinking of the students. And in about six weeks after the examination is held, detailed memos are dispatched to the candidates, showing the student’s answer to each question and its key, and the overall rank of the student.

Merit Certificates and book prizes are given to about top twenty students in the examination for each class. In order to encourage students from Moffusil Centers, Merit Certificates are also given to students who have done well from these Centers.

The top award for the first ranker amongst candidates of each class is designated, since the STSE of 2003, as Dr A S Rao Award, which carries a cash award of Rs 5000.

RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOPS FOR TALENTED STUDENTS
The Council organises Residential Workshops for Awardees of the 8th & 9th standard Examinations, free of cost to the participants. The residential workshop is of six-day duration, and is held in the month of April, soon after the closure of schools for the summer recess.

Students of 9th std. do project work individually, write up a Report and then make an oral presentation. The project work helps the student to develop initiative, and to innovate where necessary, and to be critical in analysing the experimental data.

Students attend expositions on diverse topics by senior Faculty, and also audit some lecture-demonstrations. This would enlarge the intellectual horizons of the students. They also get the benefit of interacting with about 25 senior Faculty drawn from Hyderabad University , Osmania University , Ambedkar University and other educational institutions.

CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT of TEACHERS
a) The Council recognized the urgent need to help science teachers from schools in rural and semi-urban areas to cope up with the upgraded and revised syllabi, particularly the need to clarify difficult concepts. The Council organized, as a first step, short duration Workshops ( five) for secondary school science teachers, in different districts.

With the experience gained in these, the Council decided in 2001 to enlarge the content of these programmes and to concentrate the efforts in one district, and chose Mahaboobnagar District as the target area; the District headquarters is about 110km from the Council’s Office.

Then, the Council conducted four ‘Pilot’ programmes to help teachers of mathematics and science in this district, with financial support from Sir Ratan Tata Trust and active cooperation from the District Educational Officer.

b) The Council was encouraged with the response of the teachers to the ‘Pilots’ and started in June 2005 a comprehensive THREE YEAR PROJECT on Capacity enhancement of secondary school science teachers of Mahaboobnagar District with major funding from Sir Ratan Tata Trust.

The Council felt that there should be a synergy between the activities of the Council and that of the Government, and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the AP Government. And the Council is gratified that the Secretary (Education), Commissioner of High School Education, Director SCERT and the District Educational Officer [DEO] are giving all cooperation and assistance in making the programmes a success.

RESOURCE PERSONS:
The Academic Resource Persons, about 30, from Universities and allied institutions in Hyderabad, and about 15 Local Academic Resource Persons from Mahaboobnagar, render their services as volunteers. Similarly, Administrative Resource Persons, about ten, also are volunteers.

The major components of the project, which are at no cost to the teachers, are:
i) Interactive Contact Sessions (residential) spread over 4-days to clear confusions and provide clarity about difficult concepts in the upgraded syllabi. (Parallel sessions are held for about 40 teachers, each in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry streams.)
ii) Experimental Awareness Programme (2 days), at five regional centers in the District, to train teachers to demonstrate experiments in Physics and Chemistry during their lecture classes.
iii) Providing a Quarterly NEWS LETTER in Telugu to each teacher, with articles of interest to teachers, a letters column, and news items of relevance to science teaching.

QUERIES IN SCIENCE
The Council arranges to respond to any queries in science that students or teachers may have. The queries may be either sent by post or by email.
For any information contact us:
e-mail: drasrac06@yahoo.co.in
Dr. A S Rao Awards Counsil
Bala Vikasa Kendra, Dr.A.S.Rao Nagar
Hyderabad 500 062.
Phone: 040 27143828