About Us

VIKALP, in Hindi means the alternative.

It is an idea, a vision shared by like-minded educationists and designers instrumental in bridging the gap between different ways of learning and a standard style of teaching followed in schools. We believe that the learning process of each child is different and alternative ways and materials should be devised to suit the diverse requirement of school-going children.

Our focus is on developing alternative methods and materials which help children to learn concepts and make connection with what they already know and experience in their real life. Our logo, a common paper toy is used symbolically to represent our learning apparatus. This toy is usually made of ordinary paper but if it is used in a particular way, it can explain the scientific principles behind windmills and turbines.

Similar to a paper toy, the material and design of our learning apparatus is very close to the real life of children. They can think and feel with them. The inherent properties of familiar materials are used. Appropriate activities have been developed so that while using them a learner discovers knowledge and several new ideas are triggered. Thus enhancing the quality of instruments through which children look at, interpret and make different concepts intelligible.

Our Inspiration:

Late. P.K. Srinivasan

Director Emeritus, Ramanujan Museum and Math Education Center and Academic Secretary of Mathematics Teachers, Chennai.

A Fulbright exchange teacher in the United States, Mr. Srinivasan taught Mathematics in Nigeria and India. He was also a lecturer at the NCERT in India. He advocated the use of teaching aids as improvisational tools in order to illustrate mathematical concepts. He lead a crusade of sorts against the debilitating idea of rote learning techniques and drill. He indicated the efficacy of introducing non-routine thinking where the child can solve problems using unique techniques and innovative, intuitive leap of faith.

Sr. M. Hyacintha A.C

Director, Carmel Teacher Center, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand

Sister Hyacintha is a trainee of primary school teachers of Carmel Convent. Her innovative way of designing learning apparatus has been recognized by National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. She has devoted her last forty five years in teaching tribal children. Before coming to Hazaribagh, she was in Nagaland for 17 years where she started the work of developing learning apparatus.