On National Science Day (28th February), the inaugural of the Oxford University Press supported Chudar Community learning program took place at the KabaliThottam, Mylapore. The program will consist of an 8-week course on robotics specifically designed for the underprivileged children from the community. The even which started at 5:30 pm had Mr. Mani from Chennai Robos as its guest. He started it using a specially designed kit and demonstrated some simple robotic operations. Mr. S.R Rajan along with Ms. Nageshwari from Oxford University Press, Chennai were the ones to distribute the kits to the children in the presence of CEO, Chudar Dr. A. Ravishankar, Director, Chudar Operations, Ms. Hemamalini as well as other authorities of the community.
Children by the end of this 8-week module gain knowledge in building robotics parts and simultaneously learn to use it in building devices which would identify gas leaks and a sensor-activated bin. On the successful completion of the course, the children will also be provided with certificates.
A former faculty at IIT Madras, Dr. A Ravishankar started Chudar as an initiative to improve the education quality for underprivileged children. At present while they run 10 after-school learning centers in slum areas of Chennai, they also work with around 45 government schools in order to bring measurable improvement in Mathematics, English and Science skills for about 5000 children. Oxford University Press based on the impact Chudar could make last year, has now expanded its support to Chudar’s Community learning program to bring excitement and curiosity around science and technology among students and benefit over 1000 students by the next year.