The critical aspect about knowledge is not what you know but what you do with what you know, said Joann P. Digennaro, president of the Centre for Excellence in Education, McLean, U.S., here on Wednesday.
She was speaking at the valedictory function of Summer Programme 2018 organised by the Research Science Initiative (RSI), Chennai.
Indian students showed great promise as far as their grasp of facts and mathematical and scientific reasoning were concerned, she said.
“The RSI programme at IIT-Madras mirrors the programme at the MIT in the US. I must say the students here have really impressed me,” she added.
The RSI programme is run by Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan in consultation with the Centre for Excellence in Education, McLean, U.S. As part of the summer programme, students stay at IIT-M for five weeks, during which time they attend several lectures, do yoga, and go on nature walks and site visits.
V. Balakrishnan of IIT-M said the programme that started on April 26 and ended on 6 June saw participation of students from 25 schools.
These students were chosen carefully after being shortlisted. They were also interviewed.
Jagadish, professor, IIT-M, said grassroot concepts in science should be taught well to students with anecdotes and ideas so that they develop an interest and go on to excel later.
Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy, dean and director of PSBB Group of Schools; Sheela Rajendra, deputy dean and director of the PSBB Group of Schools; and Vijayalakshmi Srivatsan, chief coordinator of RSI-Chennai, also spoke on the occasion.