Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"She gave me a sense of self-esteem" -- Arvind Gupta

My dear family, friends, colleagues and students,

Arvind Gupta, my dear and close "brother-in-science", is known in India and across the world, for making "science a fun-filled experience" for ALL children, no matter whether they can afford to have their own laboratory and library -- or not.

His methods and materials have also helped children to find out -- on their own and for themselves and at their own pace -- that Nature and the man-made world provides ALL the basic materials that children need to do world-class experiments and, therefore, good science.

His website has loads of fun and science -- toys, books, and films in Hindi, Marathi and English. ANY child or adult (in whom the child is still alive and kicking) can do first-rate science, using the materials on this website.

In his personal tribute to his "best teacher", Mrs Frey of St. Maria Goretti High School, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh,  Arvind tells Rahul Chandavarkar (now editor, Sakal Times, Pune) about how Mrs Frey gave him a sense of self-esteem.

His mother too played a big role in giving him the sense of self-esteem, which helped him later "to choose a career far removed from his IIT degree".

Click here to read his tribute, first published in the Times of India, Pune on 3rd December 2008.

Arvind is now based at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophyics (IUCAA) in Pune. You may email him at -- arvindtoys@gmail(dot)com

Here's wishing you and your children fun and joy in doing small, great and good science.

Peace and love,
- Joe Pinto, Pune, India, 23rd October 2013.