Andrea D. Phillott, Professor in Environmental Studies at FLAME University, Pune, Maharashtra, conducts research in the field of marine biology, conservation and education. In this article, she writes about how researchers can effectively engage undergraduate students in research, and how this can benefit both faculty and students.
An important component of fighting the battle against the mental health epidemic is creating accessible forums to raise awareness. Charu Dogra Rawat (Assistant Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi) and Sagnik Das (Student, Ramjas College, University of Delhi) write about a two-day workshop in their college which brought to light many of the mental health-related issues that students face, and allowed them to collectively brainstorm solutions on an open platform.
Undergraduate research experience has the potential to suit the needs of learners. A recent study analyses the attitudinal outcomes of college students taking up bench and digital research. Termed Course-based Research Experience or CURE, this pedagogical approach takes the student through a journey of discovery-via-inquiry.
M.M. Chaturvedi, senior faculty at the Delhi University shares his opinion on Draft National Education Policy 2019. He has been involved in the development of Cluster Innovation Centre. He talks about the role that teacher networks could play in contemporary education.
We have Sandra Misquith and M.B. Mandappa from St. Joseph's college, Bangalore. The college is a member of the esteemed DBT Star College scheme. The faculty discusses this scheme and other initiatives that bolster undergraduate research. They also highlight issues that need to be mitigated for a better student research experience.
PK Burma, senior faculty at the Delhi University wanted to be a politician in his younger days. Here he shares stories on mentorship that moulded him into a plant geneticist with a love of teaching. He suggests that a forum for teacher networking is good as long as the discussions remain meaningful.
In this new article in our series on scientific networking, Anusha Krishnan writes about the need for more educator-focused conferences in India and how encouraging teachers to attend or organise such meetings can elevate the quality of undergraduate education in our country.