About Us

At VigyanShaala, we equip youth with quality STEM skills through project-based learning to enable social and transformational change. Our goal is to facilitate the creation of innovative, youth lead ecosystems for mentoring and STEM skilling at the community level.

 

Our Story

Our Story

Our humble beginnings are rooted in a volunteer movement started in 2015 by Indian graduate students based across the globe to take magic of hands-on science to the remotest corners of India. Between 2015-18, we were awarded grants from several science academies for bringing hands-on STEM and cutting-edge research experience to classrooms in India. Through this volunteer movement we conducted workshops all across India and engaged close to 8000 students and their teachers and trained nearly 100 PhD students in STEM communication through training workshops and engaging them as volunteers.

April-May 2015

Darshana and Vijay with other research colleagues started a group Science Outreach India (SOI) and received grants from the Royal Society of Chemistry and Winton Program for the Physics of Sustainability. Conceptualized and conducted ‘A Fun Day With Science’ and ‘Women in Scinece – Leadership and beyond’ workshops reaching 1500 students from Patna, Agartala, Delhi, Dehradun and Gaziabad.

2016-17

Joined by Aditya and Shruti, co-founded VigyanShaala, a student volunteer group to bring hands-on science experience to classrooms in India . Awarded Grassroorts grants award from the Materials Research Society, USA . Engaged 5000+ students with ‘It’s a MATERIALS World’ series of workshops at Chennai, Kanchipuram, Pondicherry, Forbesganz, Dehradun. Haridwar, Delhi, Pune and Mumbai

2018

Sagar from IIT Bimbay joined the team. Through Vigyan Chetna Yatra, engaged 2000+ students in Uttarakhand 2018-19. Also, VigyanShaala received Virdee grant award from the Institute of Physics (IoP) UK for teacher training in Sierra Leone.

2019

Darshana and Vijay, took break from their research careers to register VigyanShaala International as a charitable trust in Delhi and VigyanShalaa International Foundation, UK. Archana came on board as a trustee and media handler

Over the past year, apart from conducting regular workshops, we have built up ground level insights by spending much of the time studying problems at the ground level. We have done this by engaging with other more than 10 NGOs, 2 Foundations and dozens of Educators-Scientists with decades of experience. We have visited more than 150 schools in Uttrakhand, Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Jharkhand and Odisha combined to understand their challenges of teaching and learning STEM. Along with this we have continued our regular engagement with young minds and their teachers with exciting hands-on STEM activities. With our previous experience and our journeys in different parts of India, we have been working on building a model and a self-enabling structure based and formalizing it in VigyanShaala. The model can be found in our approach page.

Meet Our Awesome Team

Dr. Darshana Joshi, PhD

Founder and CEO VigyanShaala International PhD Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Vijay Venugopalan, PhD

Founder and Managing Trustee VigyanShaala International PhD Physics, Marie Curie Fellow, Politechnico Di Milano, Italy

Archana Sharma

Founding Trustee and Communications lead (voluntary)

Sagar Sharma

Founder and Chief of Implementation VigyanShaala International M.Tech Electronics and Communication, IIT Bombay, India

CA Shanu Aggarwal

Finance and Compliance Advisor

CA Vaibhav Bhatnagar

Finance and Compliance Advisor

Core Team (Volunteers)

Dr Aditya Sadhanala

Co-founder VigyanShaala Assistant Professor, IISc, Bangalore

Dr. Shruti Sharma

Co-founder VigyanShaala Stony Brooke University, NY, USA

Dr Sagar Raturi

Mahindra UWC, Pune PhD, University of Cambridge, UK

Shivani Semwal

PhD Candidate, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Sowmya Purushothaman

Scientist PhD Imperial College London

Dr Amit Gupta

TCIS Hyderabad PhD, IISc Bangalore

Dr. Nimisha Kumari

Space Telescope Science Institute NASA, USA

Nitish Kumar

Aeronautical Development Agency, DRDO , Indiat

Collaborators