XVIIITH I.A.C.S. SUMMER SCHOOL ON BASIC SCIENCES, 2016(Summer School for Higher Secondary School leaving students)
The XVIIIth I.A.C.S. Summer School on Basic Sciences, 2016 for School Leaving students (who appeared in Class-XII (Science) final examination in 2016) will be held from 20th May - 4th June, 2016.
There is no course fee. The institute will not provide the participants any accommodation and/or travel expenses. Those willing to enroll should collect the Registration Form from the Departmental Office, Theoretical Physics Department, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700032 or from IACS website (this link) and submit the same along with the copies of testimonials (Madhyamik (Secondary) Admit Card, Madhyamik (Secondary) Marksheet and Higher Secondary Admit Card)at the departmental office in person or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 17th May, 2016.
About the Summer School
The Indian Association for Cultivation of Science was set up more than 140 years ago by Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, who wanted to build a scientific culture among his countrymen. Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar went on to say "Man must continually be at a subject observing and experimenting, before he can acquire that knowledge of it which will enable him to feel his own deficiencies and the deficiencies in that branch of science which he has made his specialty, before indeed he can engage with any hope of success in researches which will improve both himself and his science".
With the teaching program in schools and colleges in shambles, Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar's words are as true today as they were 140 years ago. The Indian Association for Cultivation of Science decided to keep its tradition alive and try to redress this situation. Accordingly, summer school for school leaving students was started in 1999 to motivate the better students to pursue academics.
The school begins in the months of April-May after the IIT JEE and the state JEE are over and runs for about three weeks. There are two/three lectures per day, five days a week. The lectures are basically of four categories
A) 4-5 lecture course on the basics of a subject
B) 2-4 lecture course on some frontier area
C) Special lectures on diverse topics
D) Science film shows
In each lecture the task of the lecturer is to start from what a school child is expected to know and go as far as possible without using the phrase '.... it can be shown'. Once again the task of the lecturer is to make it clear that understanding is the key to appreciation.
Attendance of about 90% gets the student an attendance certificate. The students are neither charged nor paid anything for attending the classes and the lecturers come from the various universities and institutes of India.