Virtual Weekend Classes on Research Education Advancement Programme (REAP) – Biology for B.Sc., students is scheduled to commence on 25th September 2021.
Link for Google Form https://forms.gle/6MyJVTyN2coTHgKi9
The course fee is ₹1000/- (rupees one thousand only) per year, which has to be paid before the commencement of the first session. The participant will receive the details of bank through email after submitting the Google Form.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru, invites application from students who are studying in BSc / BE with a strong aptitude for a research career in physics, for the First year of the three-year course entitled REAP. The teaching sessions will be held over the weekends. To begin with, the classes will be held online. If the situation becomes conducive to hold physical classes, then students MUST continue the course at the planetarium. One or more courses, however, may continue to be held online. Students must have a PC or a laptop with relevant apps installed on it. Smartphones are not very effective for the coursework. The classes will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays using Zoom / Google Meet / MS Teams.
Students are expected to actively take part in class discussions. Assignments are given frequently and students must promptly submit the assignments on time. During the period of online sessions, students will be required to carry out simple but pedagogically important experiments at home. Irregular, inactive, non-serious and unpunctual students will be asked to discontinue the course by the faculty as and when they deem it fit.
The first session will be held on September 11, 2021. 100 students will be permitted to attend on a first-come-first-served basis for which students have to fill up and submit the Google Form. The Form can be found at
The course fee is ₹1000/- (rupees one thousand only) per year, which has to be paid after attending a few sessions and before October 10, 2021. Students with genuine financial constraints can approach our office regarding the waiver of fee. Waiving it will, however, be at the discretion of the planetarium management.
If all the educational activities be likened to a pyramid – starting from broad-based popular activity and one which progressively becomes more focussed as we go up – REAP sits right at the top vertex. It is the most rigorous of the student activities that nurtures and shapes research-minded youth force.
REAP is a three year programme in physics that is offered concurrently with regular under graduate college education complementing the formal curriculum. The primary objective of this programme is to attract students to pure sciences and prepare them for a career in science. It is actively supported by Indian Institute of Science, Raman Research Institute, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR, Bengaluru and Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
Faculty members from these institutes and professors from Universities lecture in this programme to students pursuing B.Sc. or B.E. Courses. Lectures expose students to basic concepts in physics and astronomy with emphasis on problem-solving, experiments and use of computers. Some special lectures introducing them to research areas of current interest are also held. The second year covers advanced topics supplementing the first year basic course. Field trips are organized in January and February to the Vainu Bappu Observatory, Kavalur where students carry out astronomical observations.
In the third year, students work on projects in a research institute under the guidance of scientists there or at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. The objective of project-oriented learning is to inculcate a research mind set among the students and also to enable them to experience the research atmosphere.
A number of students have immensely benefitted from this programme and are pursuing PhD / post-doctoral research or are already carrying out research as faculty in institutes. Many have chosen teaching as a profession and continue to interact with Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in all educational programmes.
The first year of REAP begins in the first week of August. Registration opens in July.
The Bio-REAP programme, counterpart of REAP for life sciences, conducted with support from IISc entered the third year of its formalised and structured phase in 2011-12.
The first year of Bio-REAP begins in the first week of August. Registration opens in July