Eklavya is a non-government organization that was set up in 1982 to actively seed and develop academic programs for curricular change in elementary education at the micro level, and mainstream them through government and non-government agencies. Apart from various field programs, Eklavya is also known for its high-quality publications.  

We are urgently looking for a Research Assistant for understanding background work and assisting in the documentation of the Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme (HSTP) on being the fiftieth year since it started.

Eligibility criteria and desirables:

  • Research abilities.
  • Language efficiency: reading, writing, and speaking in Hindi and English
  • Must have an interest in going through documents and comprehending them.
  • Writing skills: Ability to comprehend long text and data sets to create short readable pieces is a must.
  • Must be social and interactive.
  • Should be interested in the social history of organizations, rural development, and education.
  • Aware of policy changes in education in India.
  • Base location: Hoshangabad. Should be willing to travel as and when required.
  • It would be good if the person is a science graduate. but this is not a barring characteristic, though, one must be interested in science and its broader issues.

Duration: 3 months (extendable to six months)

Salary - Rs 24,000 to 28,000 gross salary (inclusive of all).

Background:

In the early years of the decade of the 1980s, a group of educationists and social activists met to discuss the possibility of setting up an institute for educational research and innovative action in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This group had a long association with a pioneering science education project that had started in 1972 and was then running in around 225 middle schools in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Known as the Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme (HSTP), this project was a collaborative venture between two non-governmental organisations, Friends Rural Centre (FRC) and Kishore Bharati (KB), and the education department of the Government of Madhya Pradesh. HSTP had begun as a pilot project in 16 middle schools of two blocks of the district in 1972 and had been scaled up after the initial trials to cover all the schools of the district in 1978. The next step was to scale the project further. The fledgling group wanted the new institute to take up this task as its immediate objective. But it envisaged a broader mandate of building up a partnership with the Madhya Pradesh government to improve school education. The roots of the Eklavya Foundation have evolved from HSTP, taking the legacy ahead. This year Eklavya will be celebrating it’s 40th year of existence and also celebrating the 50th anniversary of HSTP.

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