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  "Shanivari Vidnyanvari " (Science on Saturdays)  
 

This is flagship programme of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad designed especially for learning science through low cost hands on experiments. Another important feature of this programme is peer learning and capacity building of college students as science communicators.

Mr. Hemant Lagvankar has conceptualized this programme and he is working as the Principal Investigator of the programme while Dr. Jayant Joshi, Hon. Secretary, Marathi Vidnyan Parishad is the Chief co-ordinator.

 
  The programme was started in about 12 schools in Nasik on the pilot basis in the year 2016-17. Thirty senior college students were selected and they were given exhaustive training along with the experiment kit. During this training workshop, these students were trained to make various learning aids and how to use these aids for learning various concepts in science.  
 

The trained college students were divided in groups of two and each group was assigned one school. Each group of college students conducted 10 sessions of about 2 hours each on every Saturday in the school assigned to them. Since the program is being conducted on Saturdays, it is named as 'Shanivari Vidnyanvari'. During these sessions concepts in science are explained through hands on experiments. Students in school learned these concepts by actually carrying out the experiments.

 
  The programme was well monitored and reviewed. It was found that, the programme was very effective and the immediate impact of the programme was improvement in the attendance of students in schools. Many students started doing such experiments in their homes and tried to develop their own kit for the science experiments.  
 

Read Report of Pilot Program 2016-17

Read Report published in MVP Patrika

 
 
 
 
 
 
  Scaling up  
  The programme was scaled up in the year 2017-18 due to very good response from school and college students, teachers and also from parents of the students in the schools.  
 

The programme was obviously contiued in Nashik for the second year and along with that the programme was started in Nandurbar and Mumbai. During the year 2017-18, the programme was carried out in 50 schools.

Read Report of the Programme for the year 2017-18 (English) | (Marathi)

 
 

In the year 2018-19, along with Mumbai, Shanivari Vidnyanvari was carried out at 11 different places in Maharashtra and at Nipani which is in Karnataka state.

The training workshops were conducted at three different places, viz. at MVP Vidnyan Bhavan, in Dhule and in Solapur. The programme was conducted successfully in 166 schools.

Read Report of the Programme for the year 2018-19 (English) | (Marathi)

 
 
 

Hemant Lagvankar was interviewed by Mrs. Uma Dixit on All India Radio, Mumbai on the occasion of National Science Day. The interview was based on "Shanivari Vidnyanvari".

It was broadcast on February 28, 2019 in the programme 'Vanita Mandal' on Asmita Channel of All India Radio, Mumbai.

Click to listen interview -> Shanivari Vidnyanvari Radio Programme

 
     
  We have marked our presence in the following districts :  
   
     
  Progress of Shanivari Vidnyanvari at Glance  
  Year 2016 - 17  
 
  No. Place No. of College Volunteers Total No. of Schools covered No. of classrooms covered No. of Municipal Corporation or Government Schools Total No. of Sessions Taken No. of Students benefited (Approx.)
  1.
Nashik
  27 12 12 12 120 320
 
     
  Year 2017 - 18  
 
  No. Place No. of College Volunteers Total No. of Schools covered No. of classrooms covered No. of Municipal Corporation or Government Schools Total No. of Sessions Taken No. of Students benefited (Approx.)
  1.
Nashik
  30 15 15 10 150 400
  2.
Mumbai
  51 25 25 --- 250 1000
  3.
Nandurbar
  25 10 10 0 90 450
  Total for 2017 - 18   106 50 50 10 490 1850
 
     
  Year 2018 - 19  
 
  No. Place No. of College Volunteers Total No. of Schools covered No. of classrooms covered No. of Municipal Corporation or Government Schools Total No. of Sessions Taken No. of Students benefited (Approx.)
  1.
Nashik
  40 20 20 --- 200 500
  2.
Mumbai
  90 60 82 31 820 4100
  3.
Dhule
  20 10 10 1 100 300
  4.
Nandurbar
  20 10 10 0 100 300
  5.
Deola (Dist. Nashik)
  20 10 10 2 100 300
  6.
Jalgaon
  10 9 9 3 90 450
  7.
Solapur
  24 13 13 0 129 400
  8.
Pandharpur (Dist. Solapur)
  6 3 3 2 25 100
  9.
Gadhinglaj (Dist. Kolhapur)
  18 9 9 0 90 275
  10.
Bidri (Dist. Kolhapur)
  14 7 7 1 70 220
  11.
Amravati
  19 10 10 1 99 500
  12.
Nipani (Karnatak State)
  10 5 6 4 60 150
  Total for 2018 - 19   291 166 189 45 1889 7595
 
     
  Year 2019 - 20  
 
  No. Place No. of College Volunteers Total No. of Schools covered No. of classrooms covered No. of Municipal Corporation or Government Schools Total No. of Sessions Taken No. of Students benefited (Average)
  1.
Nashik
  22 17 17 17 170 350
  2.
Chandwad (Dist. Nashik)
  16 8 8 7 80 493
  3.
Deola (Dist. Nashik)
  38 19 19 8 190 714
  4.
Malegaon (Dist. Nashik)
  18 9 9 2 90 522
  5.
Shirsondi (Dist. Nashik)
  18 9 9 0 90 618
  6.
Mumbai (Module 2)
  64 32 32 18 320 1142
  7.
Mumbai (North East Region)
  20 10 10 1 100 425
  8.
Ambarnath (Dist. Thane)
  8 4 4 0 40 209
  9.
Pune
  12 7 7 0 70 385
  10.
Dhule
  18 10 10 0 100 260
  11.
Sakri (Dist. Dhule)
  20 10 10 0 100 372
  12.
Chalisgaon (Dist. Jalgaon)
  10 5 5 0 50 239
  13.
Jalgaon
  22 11 11 0 105 406
  14.
Solapur
  40 20 20 0 200 867
  15.
Barshi (Dist. Solapur)
  8 4 4 0 40 185
  16.
Pandharpur (Dist. Solapur)
  10 5 5 0 50 305
  17.
Sangola (Dist. Solapur)
  4 2 2 0 20 78
  18.
Ambajogai (Dist. Beed)
  4 2 2 0 18 68
  19.
Pangaon (Dist. Latur)
  8 4 4 1 40 246
  20.
Umri (Dist. Nanded)
  7 4 4 0 40 193
  21.
Jalna
  16 8 8 1 78 277
  22.
Aajra (Dist. Kolapur)
  20 10 10 0 100 373
  23.
Bidri (Dist. Kolhapur)
  10 5 5 0 50 192
  24.
Chandgad (Dist. Kolhapur)
  20 10 10 5 100 409
  25.
Gadhinglaj (Dist. Kolhapur)
  28 14 14 0 140 448
  26.
Kolhapur
  10 5 5 1 50 185
  27.
Warna Nagar (Dist. Kolhapur)
  16 8 8 0 80 507
  28.
Phaltan (Dist. Satara)
  22 11 11 0 109 498
  29.
Ratnagiri
  10 5 5 0 50 180
  30.
Amravati
  36 18 18 3 180 750
  31.
Nipani (Karnatak State)
  20 10 10 2 100 443
  Total for 2019 - 20   575 296 296 66 2950 12339
 
 

In all, the programme 'Shanivari Vidnyanvari' has been sucessfully conducted through 524 schools and more than 22089 students are benefited through this programme.

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