21-07-2022  Thursday


Vigyan Vidushi 2022 (Physics)

Date: 05 July to 01 August, 2022
Time: 09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Prof. Anwesh Mazumdar

Third edition of Vigyan Vidushi 2022 (Physics), an advanced programme in Physics for M.Sc. first year women students, is taking place from today. The programme, organized jointly by TIFR Colaba and HBCSE, will consist of an online component to be held during 5th to 16th July 2022, followed by an on-site component from 22nd July to 1st August 2022. For more details please visit http://vv.hbcse.tifr.res.in/

We will teach courses in Classical Mechanics, Classical and Quantum Optics, Cosmology, Experimental Methods, Probability, Statistics and Data Visualization, Thinking Through Problems. In addition, recordings of courses on several other topics offered in previous editions of Vigyan Vidushi will be made available to the participants. There will also be expository lectures on Physics Education Research, and informal interaction/mentoring sessions with women scientists in the evenings. Four special lectures, including the Bibha Chowdhuri Memorial Lecture, will be delivered by eminent women scientists.

We invite you to the online inaugural session (Tuesday 5 July 2022, at 0930) and Bibha Chowdhury memorial lecture (Tuesday 5 July 2022, at 4.30 pm, poster link given below)


Inauguration session

YouTube live stream URL: https://youtu.be/0NbLM0k1kpY

Bibha Chowdhury Memorial lecture

YouTube live stream URL: https://youtu.be/ChT5-j5hRSU


NIUS Astronomy 2022

Date: 16 to 22 July, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 17:30

Venue: NIUS Building Lecture Hall - G4

Coordinator: Prof. Anwesh Mazumdar

NIUS - National Initiative on Undergraduate Science


Thursday Seminar on "Creating Collaborative Cultures of Teaching and Learning"

Date: 21 July, 2022
Time: 15:30 - 16:30

Venue: Main Building Lecture Room - G1

Coordinator: Dr. K. K. Mashood


Creating Collaborative Cultures of Teaching and Learning


Alka Hingorani, IDC School of Design, IIT-Bombay


At the heart of the LeTS (Learn Through Stories) experiment is the intent to change the way learners learn – to catalyse a transformational shift in the relationship between learner and learning material. The LeTS model trains students and teachers to create their own books -- the books that they will learn from. Children tell stories, children draw illustrations, children design pages and, from pages, books. This is not just a confidence enhancing exercise that makes them more self-reliant, which it is, of course; it is also a self-representational and context-sensitive response to the creation of pedagogic material that otherwise almost always belongs elsewhere -- and rarely to the ground where teaching and learning happen. The increased autonomy and self-direction that this promotes affects both motivation and attitude. And the autonomy that we speak of here is at a quite different level of operation from the better-understood models of collaborative, peer-to-peer, discussion-inducing, knowledge sharing that many progressive institutions of learning now choose to practice, as may be obvious. We make books together.

This radical approach has the potential to create foundational change by encouraging learners to become invested not only in thinking about learning but in participating actively in creating both play and process for it.

Brief bio:

Alka Hingorani is Associate Professor in the IDC School of Design at IIT-Bombay. She is an architect and an art historian. Her book on mohras and mohra-makers in Himachal Pradesh is called Making Faces: Self and Image Creation in a Himalayan Valley (University of Hawai'i Press, October, 2012). She holds an MA in Design (Photography) and a PhD in History of Art, both from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also taught briefly before her return to India. Her research interests include art and identity, storytelling as academic practice, and pedagogy at the cusp of classroom teaching and technology.