Published on: September 21, 2023
Why in news? Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) establishes Standard Clubs for students across nation
- The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the national standards body under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, has announced 6,467 ‘Standard Clubs’ in schools and colleges across the country.
- Programme was started in 2021 to nurture young ambassadors for quality life
What is the aim of the programme ?
- It aims to instil in young minds the paramount importance of quality, standards, and generating scientific temperament.
What are the features of Standard Clubs ?
- Students of class IX and above and studying science subjects are eligible to be part of the Clubs.
- Standards Clubs can be formed in any educational institution in India comprising teachers and students with High & Higher Secondary schools, engineering colleges, science colleges, polytechnics, professional institutions.
- It will have wide range of activities conducted like Standards writing competitions, Quiz competitions, Debates, essay writing and poster making and Exposure visits to laboratories & Industrial units
- Training programmes for mentors of standard clubs , exposure visits to labs and industry units for student members are organized regularly by BIS
How the standard clubs are funded ?
- Financial assistance to organize the activities is provided by BIS to the educational institutions.
- High and higher secondary eligible Government Schools with Standards Clubs will receive a one-time Laboratory Grant to a maximum of Rs. 50,000/- in the form of state of the art lab equipment for upgrading their Science
- Financial assistance of upto Rs. 1,00,000/- is given to establish ‘Manak Kaksha’ in government institutions.
What are Manak Kaksha’?
- Under this initiative one room in the school shall be renovated by providing basic amenities like smart TVs, audio video systems, proper illumination, decorating the walls etc.
- These spaces are to be designed to inspire curiosity and innovation, fostering the growth of future leaders