Hoshangabad Science Teaching Program (HSTP)
The HSTP, run by a volunteer organization Eklavya, has been one of the few programs that was run in government schools
that look towards joyful learning techniques. These techniques include
learning through experiments using locally available materials, observation,
discussion, etc. This program started in 1972 with 16 schools and now covers
over 1000 schools in rural areas of Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh.
This program was reviewed by a panel of the NCERT and proposed to be used
all over the country.
This program has suddenly
been ordered to be closed down. This site has been created with the purpose
of presenting facts available about the program, tracking recent developments,
and actions that all of us can take to restore this Program.
16th May, 2003: The HSTP program is now closed :(. However, the volunteers are still putting in their energy to make a difference: An update of HSTP teaching workshop in June 2003
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Technical Publications, Reports, etc.
- Sep 15th, issue of Down to Earth carries an article 'Experiments with Truth' by Sapan Joshi. (You need
to be subscribed to Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) to read this
- Sep 5th, article in Daily Times (USA) "Knowing the world through science" - M V Ramana
- Sep 2nd, Meena Menon article on Humanscape carries an article on HSTP and the latest developments.
- Aug 13th, Hindustan Times article by Anil sadgopal Prof. of Education, University of Delhi.
- Aug 11, The Hindu Of Laziness and Tenency.
- August 5th, An opinion in The Hindu describing the origin and the abrupt closure of HSTP.
- An article by Sushil Joshi , August 3, Hindustan Times.
- August 3rd, EPW Eklavya Closure Notice
- July 25th, Thelka.com article On the abrupt closure of the HSTP program by the MP government and the campaign against the closure.
- June 30th, An article in The Hindu not only describing the actitivites of HSTP, but also describing the decision to close the program.
- June 9th,Deccan Herald articleAn article on the curriculum innovation in Eklavya's social science programme
- May 25, EPW Editorial Dead Hand of Obscurantism.
- May 21st, Times of India Article An article describing Eklavya's work and events related to the closure of HSTP
- An article on Synergy.com that describes some of the experimental techniques and describes the events till May 11th.
- An editorial in the Economic & Political Weekly On the HSTP and
Social Science programmes of Eklavya. This was published on 25th May
- An article published in the M.P. Chronicle On the dilemma of popular democracy and techinical knowledge by Amman Madan.
- The article A vision for India's schools in Frontline that describes the vision of Dr.Anil Sadgopal, trained as a molecular biologist from Caltech and working through the HSTP.
- An article in businessline that describes how the HSTP is reaching out to the adivasis and making education accessable to them using simple kits and local articles.
- Report and recommendations of the National Seminar on Science Teaching held at Bhopal, Nov. 15-17, 1985
- Final Report of the HSTP evaluation committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development submitted in 1991.
- How is hands-on learning evaluated? This is from a educational resource organization(North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's) and includes comments by U.S secretary of education.
- Axing a science teaching programme , An article by R.Ramachandran in Frontline (Volume 19 - Issue 18).
- A Black Day in Education , A report by Prof. R.K.Agnihotri on the web magazine Shikshantar.
- Science Teaching with a difference , A report on HSTP's teaching methodology by Urjit A Yajnik
- Report by Anil Sharma and Sangeeta Kohli, volunteers of Asha for Education about activities of Eklavya and HSTP.
- Education in the South Asian Context: Issues and Challenges by Amitabha Mukherjee, Anil Sadgopal, P.K. Srivastava and Vijaya S. Varma presented at the South Asia Conference
organised by the Dept of Education, Univeristy of Delhi, November
1999: An article describing the condition of schools where HSTP was
introduced, constraints and experiments as well as successes and failures.
'Khushi Khushi': An experiment in making primary schooling a happy experience.
- By Farida Abdulla Khan
- Nitya Rao, who is on the staff of the Asian-South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE) gave this courageous and respected speech at a plenary session of the World Forum. This was on one of the themes concerned with cooperation with the civil society for the purposes of attaining social goals through adult education. At the end of her speech she asked why it was that fewer than half of the NGOs present in Jomtien were contributing in Dakar.
- Academic and administrative characteristics of the
HSTP A note written in March 2001
- Report on HSTP activites : Report of the work done in HSTP between April 1998 to March 2001.
- A copy of document produced by IISC on Science Education listing the importance of programs including the HSTP in scientific learning in the future. This article is taken from: http://www.iisc.ernet.in/insa/ch4.pdf
- Earlier Petition rejecting the recomendation of the closure of HSTP This is the petiotion that was signed by over 300 people when the recomendation for closure of HSTP was proposed. The petition was in part responsible for delaying the action of closing the center for the last three months.
- An unpublished article "Students In Hoshangabad District Are NOT Guinea Pigs!" by Rex d'Rozario.
You can sign the online petition protesting against the closure of the
You can send an email of protest to the Chief Minister Sri.Digvijay Singh,
asking him to reconsider the decision. You can use this template as a starting point.
You can also call or fax the chief minister at:
0755 - (O) 551433, 551396, 551581 Fax - 551781
0755 - (R) 540361, 661503, 540500, 540464 Fax - 540501
You could also send an email to the
members of the parliamentary
forum on education.
If you would like to contact Eklavya to get additional documentation or
information please please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Oct 16th, Eklavya responds to GoMP's offer for state level interventions Also suggests a blue-print for improvement in science education at the state level thro' a Concept Note.
- Oct 3, Concept paper from Eklavya on colaboration between Ekalavya and the government for improvement of science education in MP.
- Sep 6th, Update on recent press activities and press statement issued by 13 eminent Indian scientists.
- Sept 3, A letter to the President by Anil Sadgopal Prof. of Education, University of Delhi.
- Aug 29th, Update from HSTP.
- Articles about HSTP closure in the local press.
- Eklavya's response to upscale indicating where they can help and questions to make the plans more concrete.
- The CM's Statement, as put up on the web site of the Department of Public Relations, Madhya Pradesh.
- Shifting stands of the MP Government The
CM's new statement has indicated that the closure of the HSTP curriculum was
based on having uniform textbooks rather than following the decision of the
DFC of Hoshangabad.
- Offer to upscale Eklavya Letter by Amita Sharma offering to upscale some activities of Eklavya to state level
- Correspondence between the Chief Minister and Professor Yashpal:
- The letter to the CM indicating the
- Dharna Impressive A report on the Dharna protesting the closure of HSTP
- Aug 2nd, Is the CM being misled?
Response of Eklavya to the comments made by the CM, pointing to inconsistencies
and asking some very pertinent questions about the situation.
- Eklavya's letter to Hoshangabad collector regarding the signature
campaign, with collector's notation.
- MP Board of Secondary Education, High school certificate examination
- Aug 1st, Note on latest developments: Including the CM's statement, call for financial help to support the dharna and children who are being forced to write letters to support the new textbooks.
- Aug 1st, CM statement Defending the stand of the govt to the closure of HSTP.
- HSTP Dharna at Bhopal on August 4th
- July 29th, Correspondence between
Sri. Gopalakrishnan and Vidyanathan on the information presented by the
- July 28th, Update on closure of HSTP program
in Harda districts Letter from HSTP stating the situation of closure
of the HSTP program in districts other than Hoshangabad.
- July 27th, HDI Analysis
An analysis of Human Development Index data by
from information downloaded from the different official websites (see
spreadsheets). Analysis based on the data that constitute a
counter to some of the govt conclusions.
- July 26th, HSTP program ordered to be closed
down in Harda Update on the HSTP program being closed down in the
Harda district as well.
- July 26th, Government note A note
on the issue responding to concerns expressed and
clarifying that Ekalavya has been requested to expand its role as a
Technical support Organisation.
- July 25th, Updates from HSTP Updates
on the local effort in Hoshangabad by HSTP, educationalists, children, etc.
- What is the local support for HSTP? Details of the local signature campaign for HSTP with distribution of over 1800 signatures.
- Sri Gopalakrishnan's response to Raina
- July 24th, Vinod Raina's revised final response to HSTP This includes all the figures that were given in the original report that didn't come up before.
- July 24th, Update from HSTP Update from HSTP mentioning the recent developments, and pressures faced by the organization.
- Scanned ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS Scanned original documents related to the closure of the HSTP
- July 22st, Revised Reply by Dr. Vinod Raina Revised point to point response by Dr. Raina on the note circulated by Sri. Gopalakrishnan.
- July 21st, Update of Developments on HSTP
Updates about the press conference on response to CM.
- July 21st, Clarifications from the Government
A note from Sri. R. Gopalakrishnan clarifying the decision and stand of the government and replying to the letter from Eklavya on HSTP. (Same as Annexure A in letter below).
- July 18th, Correspondence between GOMP (School Education) and Ekalavya Letter from the school education to Eklavya requesting them to scale up in Science Education through teacher training and a note on issues raised by Eklavya, (letter dated July 8th).
- July 12 - July 15 updates from HSTP
A list of all mails and updates from the HSTP in the recent time.
- July 14th, Response by Dr. Raina to the Govt report This is the response of Dr. Raina to the report that we received from Sri. R.Gopalakrishnan from the Government on analysis that resulted in the decision to close down the program.
- July 13th, Article to be published in the Hindustan Times, by Dr. Vinod Raina Dr. Vinod Raina a physicist and one of the founders of Eklavya goes over the program and describes the political reasons behind the action of closing down the center.
- July 13th, Eklavya Press Release
Eklavya press summing up all developments on the government's decision and posing the questions that need to be answered.
- July 11th, Letter from HSTP to CM informing him of the order for closure while talks with him about Eklavya's future are in progress
- July 11th, Letter from HSTP to Amita Sharma asking for a stalling the closure till CM's decision
- July11th, Analysis of the data of presented by Shri R. Gopalakrishnan :Eklavya's response to points raised by Mr. Gopalakrishnan.
- Report on Government stance We received (on July 12th) a report from Shri R.Gopalakrishnan on HSTP with the analysis and reasons of the Government to close down the program.
- July 3rd, Amita Sharma's mail ordering for closure of the centers (translated from hindi)
- June 5th, Comprehensive Report on HSTP activites This is the report
submitted by HSTP about it's activities to the govt this is referred to
in the documents of the government.
- June 5th, Report: Bibliography and References
This is the bibliography and references for the report.
Their postal address is:
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If you find more articles and information about HSTP or you find any
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Maintained by Sanjeev Ranganathan.