What is STEM ?
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world.
INNOVATION ECO-SYSTEM: A Perspective
To develop scientific temper in student community, it’s imperative that we create a complete eco-system of innovation. To foster innovation culture among students, its required to provide them with the tools to convert their ideas into working prototypes and a support system to mentor and guide them. This requires our teachers to be trained on latest technologies.
Ethnically, India along with many other Asian countries historically displayed the highest level of interest in the STEM fields. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative that aims to make India a prominent global manufacturing hub is going to put a lot of demand on the country’s academic institutions, especially in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (together called STEM) fields to churn out highly skilled graduates. This implies that educational institutions will have to focus greatly on the latest developments in science and technology so that graduates are well equipped to enter the STEM workforce.
The ‘Skill India’ campaign which aims to meet this demand of skilled graduates needs support from various corners of the country, like the United States of America model. The campaign also throws open a new set of questions for introspection on the STEM workforce of India.