Teachers and students in chemistry gather every year in India to share the best practices. This year, sustainable development will be at the center of their discussions
The Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) serves as an apex national body of chemistry educators in India, to promote excellence in chemistry education. The ACT has a flagship program, titled National Convention of Chemistry Teachers (NCCT), which provides a platform for chemistry teachers and all science enthusiasts from different parts of the country to gather and share their experiences, ideas, and innovations in the field of chemistry education for better teaching-learning practices.
The primary goal of NCCT is to improve the quality of teaching and learning by integrating cutting-edge technologies and the best pedagogical practices in chemistry. It provides a platform to teachers and scientists to present their research work. Invited lectures by eminent experts, demonstration of innovation teaching methods and experiments and paper presentations by the participants are some of the noteworthy features of NCCT.
Next edition in Gujarat
NCCT is a much awaited annual event held in different parts of the country. The next edition will be held from 27th to 29th October 2023 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The Gujarat Council on Science and Technology (GUJCOST) is fully involved in the organization.
The program will strengthen the teaching and learning of chemistry and chemical sciences among students and teachers, and also encourages students to take part in Chemistry/Science Olympiads. This program will also demonstrate the role of chemistry in everyday life for sustainable development.
Chemistry plays a pivotal role
Chemistry, often referred to as the “central science,” plays a pivotal role in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Among these challenges, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stand as a global blueprint for a better, more sustainable future. As the India’s responsible scientific society, ACT is uniquely positioned to make a significant impact in achieving these goals. Through education, research, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, chemistry can be a powerful catalyst for sustainable development.
Chemistry underpins a wide array of industries and technologies, making it indispensable to achieving the SDGs. From clean energy production to water purification and waste management, chemistry provides the innovative solutions necessary for a sustainable future. The SDGs themselves cover a broad spectrum of issues, including poverty alleviation, climate action, and health improvements, all of which benefit from the contributions of chemistry.
Promoting Green and Sustainable Chemistry Education
One of the key avenues through which chemistry can drive sustainable development is education. ACT is committed to promoting green and sustainable chemistry education.
This entails teaching students not only the fundamental principles of chemistry but also the importance of conducting research and manufacturing processes with sustainability in mind. It involves fostering a mindset that values the environment and social responsibility
Encouraging Research for Sustainability
Chemical research plays a vital role in developing sustainable solutions. ACT supports and encourages its members to engage in research that addresses real-world sustainability challenges. This may involve the development of new materials, processes, or technologies that reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, and improve overall quality of life.