UMass Boston and Wipro Launch Fellowship Program on Science Education for School Teachers

Office of Communications | August 29, 2012
Chancellor J. Keith Motley and Anurag Behar, of Wipro, sign the Wipro Science Education Fellowship Agreement.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley and Anurag Behar, of Wipro, sign the Wipro Science Education Fellowship Agreement.

Wipro Ltd and the University of Massachusetts Boston today jointly announced the launch of a 12-month fellowship program in the US to train 120 school teachers over three years, with the objective of facilitating excellence in science education among students from disadvantaged areas of Boston and New York.

The one-year Wipro Fellowship program for teachers is focused on developing competencies and strengthening their leadership skills to make them agents of change in their schools and districts.

"The US is the cradle of innovation. This program is part of Wipro's efforts to align with the US' goal to create an environment that stimulates and nurtures scientific curiosity and innovative spirit among young people”, said T.K. Kurien, Chief Executive Officer of IT business and Executive Director, Wipro Ltd.

The program, entirely funded by Wipro, will identify, through a rigorous selection process, 40 experienced K-12 science teachers each year in the Boston and New York areas . The nomination process for the fellowship will begin in January 2013 and the selection process for the first year is due to be completed by March 2013. The course is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2013.

Selected teachers will undergo 250 hours of intense capability development training by a team led by Arthur Eisenkraft, distinguished Professor of Science Education and Director of the ‘Centre of Science and Math in Context’ (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Each teacher will continue to teach in their respective schools, and for the duration of the fellowship, they will also work with other interested teachers and local communities and to promote broader improvement. The program tightly integrates the principles of leadership, reflective practice and adult learning to enable this.

The program also involves a comprehensive set of activities designed to improve teachers’ teaching skills and content knowledge with the goal of improving the academic performance of underprivileged students.

UMass Boston will partner with a university in the New York City area and multiple school districts in the Boston and New York to administer this program.

Wipro’s science education initiative aligns with the “Educate to Innovate” campaign that seeks to improve the performance of US students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“The University of Massachusetts Boston community is grateful for Wipro’s investment in the education and futures of our young people.  Effective, engaging STEM  education is crucial to students’ success; we are delighted to play a role in providing Boston’s teachers with new skills for imparting mastery in these fields,” said UMass Boston Chancellor, J. Keith Motley.

“The program is designed to create a cadre of teacher leaders and help underprivileged students achieve excellence in science education. This dovetails with our goal of working with academia to identify and develop leaders of tomorrow. This is another step towards our vision to contribute to achieving high quality universal education.” said Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited.

Since the beginning of the last decade, Wipro has rolled out several initiatives focused on remedying the ills plaguing India’s education system. Wipro’s Applying Thought in Schools is our initiative to help in societal change and development by improving the quality of education.

Mission10X is a not-for-profit initiative by Wipro, wherein the company works with teachers to enhance employability skills of engineering graduates in India.

About Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT)

Wipro provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, Information Systems outsourcing, IT enabled services, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally. Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. Wipro also has a strong presence in niche market segments of Infrastructure Engineering and Consumer Products & Lighting. For more information, please visit our websites at www.wipro.com.

About UMass Boston

With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex urban issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s eight colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit www.umb.edu

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