NEW DELHI: Covestro, the global manufacturer of high-performance polymer materials, in collaboration with STEM Learning Pvt Ltd, today inaugurated one of the four mini science centres at Jesus & Mary Convent School, Greater Noida. The other three science centers are installed at Ft. Agnal School, Subhash Chandra Bose Inter College and Dayavati Inter College in Greater Noida.
In continuance with its efforts to promote science education in India, the mini science centres established by Covestro and STEM Learning aim to enhance awareness among teachers and students about the value of learning, with a special focus on science and mathematics. The initiative also encompasses a unique teachers’ training program and facility maintenance for two years.
With a mission ‘To make the world a brighter place’, Covestro aspires to provide innovative solutions, which change the lives of people for better. Science education in India is facing several challenges today. The basic problem that has persisted since independence is our inability to provide schools with labs and equipment to be used while teaching science. The mini science centres are a powerful and innovative tool to revolutionise science education and make it increasingly accessible.
These centres are an extension of a workshop conducted by Covestro India in New Delhi in October 2016, which was intended to drive STEM Learning among children; especially girls.
Speaking at the inauguration of the centre, Richard Northcote, Chief Sustainability Officer, Covestro AG said, “Covestro aligns its CSR activities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in order to contribute to improving the lives of those less fortunate in the the societies in which we operate. We believe these centres will benefit the youth of this area and contribute significantly to better enable these schools to build our children’s future, enabling them to make the world a brighter place tomorrow.”
Ajay Durrani, Managing Director, Covestro (India) Private Limited,“A robust culture of science and technology needs to be supplemented by sufficient infrastructure. After the success of Covestro’s STEM workshops we have been taking active measures to lend infrastructure support to our mission of promoting science education in India. Through such initiatives we will continue to push boundaries and enable a knowledge and research driven economy.”
The proposed centre will be placed closer to Covestro India’s plants and office locations. Proximity will help Covestro employees to voluntarily dedicate more time for the initiative.
Ashutosh Pandit, Founder, STEM Learning, stated that he valued the growing partnership with Covestro to create a science revolution in India. He added, “STEM’s working science models are devised by experts with a close eye on the young, less-privileged children. Every school’s progress is mapped on regular intervals by us. We are bringing quality education to the rural regions, which will truly transform India. STEM has given a platform to thousands of students to create their own projects and their growth has been phenomenal.”
With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer Material Science, has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,600 people (full-time equivalents) at the end of September 2016.