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Lab-in-a-box Program through Agastya International Foundation (Agastya)

Agastya International Foundation is a Bengaluru based non-profit educational trust that seeks to transform and stimulate the thinking of economically disadvantaged children. Agastya does this by bringing innovative science education to the doorstep of Government Schools in various states in India.​​​ For FY. 2016-'17, KSTePS in association with Agstya is providing  350 Lab-in-a-box which contains experiments / models based on curriculum of high school and teacher training for 500 government school teachers. 

Target Segment: Government school children and teachers.

Project Objectives:
The objectives of our proposed collaboration for the time period of are as follows:
1. Increase access to practical, hands-on Science education for economically disadvantaged government school children.
2. To Spark Curiosity, Creativity and build leadership among underprivileged children.
3. To supplement Government School system with experiential science learning.
4. Train teachers from government schools in hands on pedagogy.

Project Overview:​
Lab in a Box (LIB) is a unique concept designed by Agastya out of many years of experience to facilitate scale-up. Science models and experiments are organized concept-wise based on pre-designed learning modules and placed in boxes - typically ten boxes covering majority of physics, chemistry and biology concepts. The 10 boxes are left with a school/teacher and this facilitates hands-on learning in the school. Agastya instructors will facilitate sessions, train teachers and clarify scientific concepts during the first year of the program and Government school teachers will take sessions in their respective schools. 

Structure of the Program:
  • One set (10 boxes) containing experiments pertaining to class 8th to 10th and would be provided to each of the 350 schools making 350 LIB sets available to facilitate hands-on      sessions.
  • 500 Teachers will be trained on the induction and use of the LIB kits which will includes 350 teachers from the schools where the kits will be distributed during this year and another 150 teachers from the schools where the kits were delivered over the last three years.
  • Agastya will deploy one instructor for every 10 schools who will be actively involved in monitoring, and clarifying scientific concepts during the first year of the program.
  • Teacher training workshops will be organized at Taluk level with 25 teachers attending a session from 23 May 2016 25 schools belonging to one cluster. The workshop will be conducted by one of Agastya’s resource Person and held for 3 days for a batch of 25 teachers. Twenty such workshops will be organized to cover 500 teachers.
  • Teachers will be trained to use the LIB contents for hands-on teaching in the classroom.It would be used by the government school teachers to teach concepts through hand-on methods.



A Bilateral Framework providing financial support for collaborative industrial R&D ventures between Karnataka and Israeli companies

​Funding DepartmentKarnataka Funding AgencyKarnataka Implementation AgencyIsraeli Funding Ministry/DepartmentIsraeli Implementation Agency

Department of
Science & Technology
Government of Karnataka


Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS)


Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST)


A bilateral agreement was entered into by Govt. of Karnataka with Israel for cooperation in the field of industrial and technological research and development, which is referred to as Karnataka–Israel Research & Development (KIRD) program on March 21, 2013 with the goal of supporting joint industrial R&D projects between Israeli and Karnataka-based companies.This agreement will be promoted and implemented by Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) and Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST), autonomous organizations under the Department of Science and Technology on behalf of Government of Karnataka, while MATIMOP – Israeli Industry Centre for R&D on behalf of Govt. of Israel. Followed by this, a workshop was organized on May 7, 2013. Based on the recommendations of the workshop, proposals were invited from Industries in Karnataka, which are involved in R&D activities.The first call for the proposal was announced on 17th June 2013, with the call open for 3 months. Against this call, 10 project proposals were received from different fields like aerospace, clean technology, life science, medical devices, e-learning, internet etc.All the project proposals were evaluated by experts in the relevant field and further presented to the Screening Committee with all technical and budget details. After evaluation,the Screening Committee shortlisted 4 proposals. These selected proposals will be further discussed at the Joint Committee, which will have representation from both GoK and MATIMOP. ​


Science Gallery, a flagship initiative of Science Gallery International (SGI), Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland has been providing a new model and opportunities for engaging young adults with the world of science and innovation science its establishment in 2008.Further, network of science galleries have become popular across the world, as they develop an ever changing program of events, exhibitions and experience linking science, technology and arts, unlike Science Museums, which are mostly static.


Considering this, DST, GoK has entered into an agreement with Science Gallery International (SGI) to establish a Science Gallery in Bengaluru in association with local academic partners such as IISc, NCBS and Srishti School of Arts for Design and Technology, Bengaluru. In order to steer and guide the establishment of Science Gallery in Bengaluru, a steering group was constituted vide G.O.No:DST 218 STS 2012 dated December 14, 2012 under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretory to Govt., dept. Of IT, BT & S&T,Govt. of Karnataka with experts from IISc;NCBS;Nimhan;DST-GoI;VITM;Srishti School of Arts, Design and Technology and DST, GoK as members.​



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