Introduction to Basic Technology (IBT) Schools
Introduction to Basic technology (IBT) programme is one of the pioneering programmes of Vigyan Ashram. Under this programme, students from 8th to 10th Standard are exposed to various life skills through ‘learning by doing’ methodology. The course content covers Engineering, Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Home and Health.
With an objective to upgrade this program, Vigyan Ashram and Praj Foundation created ‘Model IBT Schools’. It also aimed at generating income for IBT instructors and eventually make them Instru-preneur (Instructors cum Entrepreneurs).
IBT schools with proven track record and having committed school management and staff are shortlisted for support. These 13 schools are provided with financial support for infrastructure creation and mentoring and cover 1137 boys and 963 girls spread over Pune, Satara, Sangli, Palghar, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts in Maharashtra.
The ‘Design Thinking’ approach adopted in the Model IBT schools is shaping cognitive development of the students with ‘Learning while Doing’ methodology making it more pleasurable. Students organised “Scrap Rally” in their villages and collected material which was used for conducting lab practical.
Community Service is key for sustainability of any IBT program. Innovative and creative projects identified for providing community services have improved the quality of products and variety of services offered to the community. During the year, IBT schools provided community services such as cultivation and sale of fresh vegetables, prepared and sold agriculture tools, furniture, LED lights as per customer requirement. These initiatives have helped in strengthening healthy relation between school and community.