Speaking about the win, Tushar Juvekar
at KPIT Technologies Ltd. said, "Chhote Scientists has been at the forefront of KPIT's educational initiatives under the CSR umbrella, and we are extremely happy to be recognized for our work. We will continue to encourage students to think beyond textbooks, trigger their enthusiasm and innovative ability to create new technologies, products, and services, that will result in a new and better future for India."
Launched in 2012, Chhote Scientists has benefited students in rural Pune and Bengaluru, and the neighboring towns such as Mysuru, Hubballi, Dharwad, Pimpri Chinchwad, Mulshi, Mawal, Roha, Osmanabad, and Dhule. Over 3000 employee volunteers from KPIT, and team members of KPIT’s NGO partner, Jnana Prabhodini, have contributed by imparting experiment-based classroom training sessions for children studying in 8th and 9th standards.
Over the years, the program has developed two paper-based volumes of its syllabus and launched a Chhote Scientists app on the Android platform to further its accessibility to all. KPIT also signed a two-year statement of intent (SOI) with NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) to support and mentor select Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) for secondary level school children across the country. This extended Chhote Scientists into newer fronts to play the role of a foundation program at select ATL schools across Pune and few North-Eastern cities.