at barcelona, spain

July 13, 2008

The SELF team of Mumbai — Nagarjuna, Meena, Bipin and Rajiv are in Barcelona for the SELF workshop, FKFT conference. Barcelona is beautiful, we had a very pretty panoramic view of its port on our way to landing. We have been exploring the city by metro, bus, walk. The places that we been so far are— La Rambla del Ravel, St. Rafel, Av. Paral.lel, Poeta Catalunya, Glories.

It may seem to me a shock. On the first evening we were on the La Rambla and I just happened to look at my watch which showed 7:30 pm. Oh but it was pretty bright at this hour of the day. I could not believe that my watch was showing the right time. I thought it must be 6:30 pm with so much of light. It is summer up here to lil bit north of India. As we were talking walk on the streets for an hour or so till 8:30 pm and it was still bright.


my blog level

July 10, 2008

My blog level:

blog readability test

Feels good 🙂

pilot study on collaborative concept mapping

October 22, 2007

SELF Platform Launch

September 7, 2007

HBCSE is launching the SELF Platform on Sept. 7, 2007.

Announcing Official Launch of
SELF Platform @
On September 7, 2007 (3-6 pm)
at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR).

Schedule :

3:00 – 3:30 Welcome Address
Prof. Arvind Kumar
Centre Director
Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education

3:30 – 4:00 SELF Platform Launch
Prof. Shobo Bhattacharya
Tata Institute Of Fundamental Research

4:00 – 4:30 Keynote Address on FOSS & Collaborative Culture
Prof. D. B. Phatak
Subharao M. Nilekani Chair Professor
Kanwal Rekhi Institute of Information Technology
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
4:30 – 5:00 Special lecture on Semantic Web and Collaborative E-learning
Prof. G. Sivakumar
Professor and Head, Computer Science and Engineering Department
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

5:00 -5:30 Live Demonstration of the SELF Platform
SELF Platform Development Team
Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education

5:30 – 6:00 Vote of Thanks & High Tea


Shri V. G. Kulkarni Auditorium
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 88

The SELF Platform will be officially launched on Sept 5, 2007 by all the seven partners simultaneously in their own countries—The Netherlands, Spain, Bulgaria, Sweden, Argentina.

Conference on Science Education in HBCSE

July 20, 2007

A two day conference on Science Education in honour of Professor B. M. Udgaonkar (one of the Founders of HBCSE) on the occasion of his 80th birthday is being organized in HBCSE. The Conference will be held on September 12 and 13, 2007.

This will be a very exciting and interesting conference. I am looking forward to attend it.

national science day

February 28, 2007

The national science day in India is celebrated on February 28 every year as a mark to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect, scattering of light by C.V.Raman.

HBCSE celebrates the national science day every year by organizing an Open-House. On this open house, the Centre is open for all people throughout the day and we organize sessions on demonstration of lab experiments, exhibitions, film shows, botanical garden display, free software based applications, etc.

My idea of celebrating the national science day is different from just getting a huge number of crowd to the Centre. I do agree that we should disseminate our work to the people/society, but this perhaps is not the right way to do it.

I would like to focus on a bunch of students and make them aware of various aspects of science education that is being carried out in our Centre. The students can take a tour of various exhibits in the Centre and then at the end of the day conduct some debates, poster sessions, quiz, etc. In this way, I feel, there would be interest and seriousness among the students who are coming for the Open House and also we would get the feedback as to how far we have been successful or we have tried to generate interest among students.

Well during the event, I give a guided tour of the history of science exhibition for the students. Here are some pics.