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The Third State Level Science and Mathematics Teachers’ Congress 2018


Science and Mathematics teachers across the state of Maharashtra, develop their own innovative methods of teaching in the classrooms. They develop experiments, models, tables, charts and pictures. With the advancement of technology, they also develop websites, form groups like whatsapp and use social media like Facebook, Twitter etc. However, it is observed that despite all this, they hardly make use of these social media to share their innovations in teaching methods with their fellow teachers, with the result, their innovative methods of teaching do not get exchanged with the other teachers.

Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, a knowledge institution (ज्ञान संस्था) and science propagating organization of 52 years standing felt that such innovative teachers across the state be brought together and they may be given an opportunity to present their methods before a large group of teachers. Accordingly two State Level Science and Mathematics Teachers` Congresses were held in November, 2016 and December 2017 at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune and around 70 and 65 teachers participated in these Congresses respectively. The main themes of these Congresses were ‘LEARNING SCIENCE BY DOING’ in the year 2016 and ‘EVALUATION’ in the year 2017. The participants were required to prepare the Research paper on the theme of the Congress and make its presentation. In these Congresses.

Parallel sessions were held in more than one classroom wherein each participant was allocated 08 minutes time to present his/her Research Paper through Power Point Presentation or simple presentation without PPT, which was followed by question answers among the presenter and the evaluators and the other participants of the group for 02 minutes. In the end two teachers from each classroom were adjudged as the best teachers of the group and were awarded the Certificate of Merit. Further the best performer of each classroom was offered the internship for a period of 5 to 6 weeks in IISER, the entire cost of which was borne by IISER. Besides drawing the satisfaction of presenting their own innovative methods of teaching and evaluation, before such a large cross-section of teachers, the participants were immensely benefited by witnessing the teaching methods and of evaluation of other teachers. Considering the benefit drawn by all the participants and with a view to extend such benefit to more teachers, Marathi Vidnyan Parishad had decided to organize such a Congress for a total period of 5 years commencing from the year 2016. Accordingly, the Third State level Science and Mathematics Teachers` Congress will be held in November/ December, 2018 at IISER, Pune. The main theme of the third Congress will also be EVALUATION.

Further, based on the review of the first and the second congresses, it has been decided to organize a day’s workshop at three places to enlighten the participants about the main theme and sub themes of the Congress, use of Statistical techniques and use of Power Point in presenting Research Paper, evaluation through performance of the experiments etc. The details of these workshops are furnished below:

Sr. No. Date of Workshop Venue of workshop The places (Districts) from which the teachers will be eligible to participate in the workshop Whether the stay arrangements will be available on earlier night for the participants
1 May 02, 2018 Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Vidnyan Bhavan, V. N. Purav Marg, Sion-Chunabhatti, Mumbai 400022 Mumbai City,Mumbai Suburban,Thane, Palghar,Raigad and Nashik NO
2 May 04, 2018 Azad College, Satara Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur NO
3 June 14, 2018 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Near National Chemical Laboratory, Pashan, Pune All the Districts of the State of Maharashtra and Goa other than those Districts indicated against Sr. No. 1 & 2 above. Available for a limited number of teachers.

A) The Science educators / communicators and the teachers teaching Science subjects and/or Maths to the Class/es (standard) 6 to 12, of the State of Maharashtra and Goa, will be eligible to participate in any one of the workshops and the Congress.

B) The Co-ordinator for the workshops at Sr. No 1 & 3 is Shri Prakash Modak(email- and Mobile Number 9920329984). The Co-ordinator for the workshops at Sr. No 2 is Dr.Sudhir Kumbhar (email and Mobile Number – 9421214136 ). Accordingly the teachers desirous of participating in any of these three workshops may send an email to the respective Co-ordinator up to 10 days before the date of workshop, indicating the following personal details: 1) Name in full 2) Residential Address 3) Name of the School/College/ Institution, where the teacher has been teaching 4) E-mail address 5) Contact Number (Mobile and/or Phone number) 6) the Class/es (standard) to which the teacher has been teaching and 7) the subjects being taught.

C) There are no registration charges for any of the workshops. The tea and lunch will also be provided free of cost on the day of workshop at all the three places. The stay and the dinner arrangement at IISER (in respect of workshop at sr. no.3 above) on the earlier night for a limited number of the participants will also be made free of cost.

D) No travel expenses will be reimbursed to :
     1. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No. 1 (At MVP), having their place of residence up to Virar, Karjat Panvel (i.e. the places up to which the local trains are available for reaching the venue of the workshop.
     2. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No.2 irrespective of the place of their residence.
     3. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No. 3 (At IISER), having their place of residence in Pune city, its suburbans and Pune district, for reaching the venue of the workshop.

E) Eligibility for travel expenses reimbursement

The participants attending the workshop at MVP and IISER but not falling in the categories mentioned in D1 and D3 above, will be reimbursed the travel expenses for attending the workshop on the following basis:

Second Class ordinary/sleeper Railway fare (i.e. Non A/C) or Ordinary (i.e. Non A/C) S. T. bus fare from the Railway station /S. T. bus stop nearest to the place of their residence to the Railway station /S. T. bus stop nearest to the venue of workshop (MVP or IISER) and back will be reimbursed on submitting the original or copy of the ticket/receipt of at least one way journey.

If the journey is performed by own vehicle/higher class, the amount of travel reimbursement will be restricted to the amount as indicated above.

No travel reimbursement will be made in respect of the journey performed by Taxi/Auto Riksha at the place of residence/ Mumbai/Pune for reaching the Railway Station/Bus stop /Venue of the workshop.

Main Theme and Subthemes

Main Theme: Evaluation

Evaluation gives the level of achievement of students. For this purpose we conduct written or oral tests and mainly measure the level of the students’ content knowledge. Evaluation should not be restricted only to content knowledge, but should show the extent of achievement of the students with respect to all the objectives of the study of the subject and their progress with respect to information, knowledge, abilities, skills, interest and attitude. The purpose of evaluation should not be ranking the students, but determining what the students are good at, what they are not good at, what abilities and skills they have acquired and what they still have not, what they should do to improve or acquire new skills, what they are interested in and how they can further develop their interest, and how they can have more positive attitude towards what they are supposed to do. In other words, evaluation is a critical step in the process of the all-round development of students, and it should be carried out using not just written and oral tests, but by a variety of means. Further it needs to be done continuously and not just at the end of the semester or the year.

As indicated above the main theme of the Third State Level Science and Mathematics Teacher Congress is the Innovative Methods which are used by the teachers for Evaluation of students in Learning in Classroom. The subthemes of the main theme have followed from the different objectives to which such an innovative method can be applied. These subthemes with their scope and brief description are given below:

a) Evaluation of the ability to think originally: Under this subtheme the objective of the method will be to evaluate whether at all three - cognitive, emotional and social – levels, the students are capable of new ideas, observations or reasoning, whether they can suggest novel ways to solve a difficulty, whether they look at even routine everyday matters with a different perspective, and whether- be it knowledge, literature, fine arts, sports, or communication – they show creativity.

b) Evaluation of communication skill: Under this subtheme the objective will be to evaluate how the students communicate their knowledge, opinions, thoughts, projects carried out or problems solved using different media such as writing, talking, discussing or presenting and help them by means of feedback provided.

c) Evaluation of conceptual understanding: Here what is expected is the determination of the level of the students’ conceptual understanding about theory and practicals, the extent to which they can apply this understanding, and the comprehensiveness of their understanding of a topic as a whole.

d) Evaluation of laboratory skills: Here the aim is to evaluate the skills of doing, designing and modifying an experiment, and also the skills required to do so, such as observation, classification, handling instruments, estimation, measurement, tabulation and presentation of observations, drawing of graphs, understanding of errors etc.

e) Evaluation of scientific attitude: In this subtheme it is expected that the teacher tests whether the students have understood the importance of numbers, evidence and logical reasoning based on evidence, whether they can make such reasoning, and whether they have realized that in science no other source of knowledge than evidence based on experiments and observation is acceptable. It is also necessary to assess the extent to which they know about the contribution of science and technology to life and to national development, and the level of their interest and confidence with respect to science and mathematics.

f) Evaluation of problem solving ability: It is expected here that the teacher assesses the ability of the students not only to solve questions and problems in the subjects of science and mathematics, but also the aptitude to apply the knowledge of the subjects to understand problems in life around and attempt to solve them.

g) Continuous and comprehensive evaluation: As said in the beginning, the teacher should have a record of the all-round progress of the students in science and mathematics. For this purpose evaluation should be carried out not just at the end of a semester, but continuously throughout the semester by a variety of means, such as practical, observation of behavior, participation in discussions and projects, presentations etc. The students should be provided with feedback continuously. The novel ways in which the teacher has attempted such evaluation should be reported under this subtheme.


1. The Third state Level Science and Mathematics Teachers’ Congress (Congress) will be held in IISER, Pune on 26 December 2018 for the Science Educators and the teachers teaching Science and/or Mathematics to the Class/es 6 to 12.

2. The main theme of the Congress is “Evaluation” and there are 7 sub- themes under it. The write-ups on the main theme and the sub-themes are furnished separately.

3. The Participants should strictly adhere to the following instructions with regard to the submission/presentation of the Research Papers.

     I. The word limit for the full Paper and the Abstract or Summary is 2,000 and 200, respectively.

     II. The paper may be written either in Marathi or English or Hindi.

     III. The papers in Marathi and Hindi must be typed in UNICODE and the papers in English should be typed in M.S. WORD in AERIAL. The font size should be 12 with 1.0 as the line spacing.

     IV. The presentation of the paper may be made by PPT or otherwise. The necessary arrangements for making presentation by PPT will be available at the venue. However, the participants should bring their presentation in the suitable device like Pen Drive.

     V. Time allowed for the presentation of the paper will be 8 minutes followed by 2 minutes for interaction with the Evaluators and other participants.

     VI. Each Participant can submit only one paper. However the paper may be co-authored by one or more persons. Further, only one person i.e. the first Author or any of the Co-authors can attend the Congress and present the paper. If the presentation of the paper is to be made by any of the Co-authors (and not by first Author), the same may be clearly indicated while submitting the paper.

4. The participants are advised to make the preparation and submission of the paper preferably in the following format:

     1. Title of the paper in capital letters, if in English, 12 point font, bold and centered

     2. Sub-Theme in capital letters, if in English, 12 point font

     3. Abstract not exceeding 200 words

     4. Key words, about 5

     5. Introduction

     6. Objective of the research. (This may include research questions and/or hypothesis)

     7. Methodology of Research and Tools and Techniques used. (Methodology may be Experimental or Survey or Action Research or Case Study or any other relevant method. Tools and Techniques may include, for example, Size and Selection of Sample and Data Collection; or any other relevant tool.)

     8. Data Analysis and Interpretation

     9. Conclusion

     10. Scope for Future Work

     11. Acknowledgement (Optional)

     12. References/Bibliography (including the websites searched along with the date of downloading); all to be enlisted in the alphabetic order

     13. Annexures (including copies of Tools/ Questionnaire etc. used for data collection)

5. The following details should also be furnished at the end of the Research Paper:

     A. Name, Complete Residential Address, Address of the School/ Junior College/ Educational Institution, E-mail address, Mobile Number (or Phone Number), of the Author and every Co-Author.

     B. The Class/es (i.e. Standard 6 to 12) to which the Author and the Co-Author/s, if any, has / have been teaching and the subject/s being taught.

     C. Where there is one or more Co-Authors, the name of the person who will be presenting the paper must be clearly indicated.

Workshop (Preparatory Measure) for the Third State Level Science and Mathematics Teachers’ Congress-2018

Programme Schedule

Sr. No. Time Session Handled by
From To
1 9.30 10.00 Registration Shri P. V.Modak and the officer from Vidnyan Vibhag of MVP
2 10.00 10.30 Inauguration of Workshop & Introductory Speech Shri A. P. Deshpnade & the representative of the local organization
3 10.30 11.30 Information about Main Theme and Sub Themes of the Congress (in the context of Science and Mathematics) Dr. Vivek Patkar
4 11.30 12.30 Presentation of Research Paper Prof. Sudhir Panase
5 12.30 13.30 Use of Statistical Methods in writing Research Paper Dr. Vivek Patkar
6 13.30 14.15 Lunch break -------------------------
7 14.15 16.15 Evaluation through Laboratory Skills Shree Hemant Lagvankar and the officer from Vidnyan Vibhag of MVP
8 16.15 16.45 Tea break -------------------------
9 16.45 17.15 Interaction with Experts Experts
10 17.15 17.25 Conclusion Shri A. P. Deshpande
11 17.25 17.30 Vote of Thanks Shri P. V. Modak

The list of the teachers whose names have been registered for the workshop to be held in Marathi Vidnyan Parishad on 2 May 2018 is available on this website.The names of the teachers who have sent their details after 26.4.2018 may not appear in the list, but their names have been registered for the workshop if they have been advised accordingly. Click here for Marathi Vidnyan Parishad list



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Vidnyan Bhavan,V.N.Purav Marg,
Sion - Chunabhatti, Mumbai 400 022,
Maharashtra State

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