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Preamble

    Peoples Council of Education in association with Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research shall hold Second Peoples Education Congress between October 05 and 08, 2009 at Mumbai with a view to discovering, developing and disseminating a new democratic system of science education reflecting democratic needs, aspirations and creative urges of people of India.

Peoples Council of Education

    Peoples Council of Education (PCE) is a national council working in the field of education. Although it was constituted on August 15, 1995, it was formally registered on June 17, 1998 with the Registrar, Societies and Chit Fund under Societies Registration Act, 1861 with its registered headquarters at Allahabad. Its headquarters building is under construction in a plot of 3.75 acre land at Meerakpur Uparhar, Madoka Road, Dandi in Allahabad.

     The major object of the Peoples Council of Education is to discover, develop and create a new democratic system of education in consonance with the democratic needs, aspirations and creative potentialities of people of India. It seeks to achieve the aforesaid goal through numerous democratically created instruments in the field of education and health. Some of the instruments are: Peoples Education Congress, Common schools under the name of Flower Valley Peoples School, a new institute of development and communication of Science under the name ‘Lok Vigyan Sansthan’ and Lok Vigyan Kendra from village to national level, a new medical and health science education institute under the name ‘Lok Swasthya Vigyan Sansthan/Lok Vigyan Swasthya Kendra from village to the national level, ‘Lok Vigyan Pustakalaya’ and similar other instruments. All pursuits of Peoples Council of Education are rooted in principles of democracy and cooperation.

Peoples Education Congress

    Peoples Council of Education organizes Peoples Education Congress with a singular motive of discovering, developing and disseminating a new democratic system of scientific education. Such a new democratic system of scientific education once created ought to be able to flower the creative potentialities of peoples of India and thereby enable them to enjoy higher quality of material, social and cultural life in harmony with Nature and Society. First Peoples Education Congress (PEC) was held from September 15 to 17, 2005 at University of Allahabad, Allahabad. ‘Science Communication’ was its focal theme. Papers and proceedings of the First Peoples Education Congress are under print and one volume containing the abstracts and keynote papers are already available.   

Focal Theme

     The Peoples Council of Education has resolved to focus the deliberations of the Second Peoples Education Congress on ‘Science Education in India’. A note on ‘Science Education in India’, prepared by the Core Group and National Academic Advisory Committee is given on page 10.

Context

    The deliberations of the First Peoples Education Congress on ‘Science Communication’, revealed very poor quality of science communication to children and students in schools, colleges and universities resulting in lower order of creativity in science and very high order of anti-science or unscientific mental dispositions in the country. Even majority of the science teachers and research scientists exhibited strong anti-science dispositions, attitudes and behaviour, although unconsciously. Peoples Council of Education, therefore, resolved to focus the deliberations of the Second Peoples Education Congress on ‘Science Education in India’.

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