Science Activity Centre makes Hands-on Science Toys
  • Dr. Aparna Deshpande 
    Faculty In-charge
  • Ashok Rupner
    Senior Teaching Associate

    With a masters degree in Physics and a B.Ed, Ashok  he has been popularising science activities among students, teachers, and the general public for the past 25 years. Along with 3500 hands-on workshops in India as well as abroad, he and his team have made ~1400 educational videos on low-cost science, with over 98 million views. Ashok has been involved in setting up and running the SAC at IISER Pune since its inception in 2017.

  • Ankish Tirpude
    Technical Assistant

    After completing M.Sc. in Physics from VNIT, Nagpur and teaching for over 3 years in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Ankish  joined IISER Pune in 2019. He coordinates various outreach programmes at SAC and develops low cost classroom teaching tools.

  • Dr. Chaitanya Mungi
    Technical Officer
  • Shraddha Bhurkunde
    Technical Assistant
  • Dr. Asim Auti
    Senior Teaching Associate (Science Education)

    Asim is a Biologist by training and has taught for over a decade at the under- and postgraduate levels at a reputed college in Pune. He was also actively involved in the training of educators and studying the process of science teaching-learning. After joining the IISER outreach team in 2019, he works on content creation, teacher training and program coordination. 

  • Shanti Pise
    Senior Teaching Associate (Math. Education)

    Shanti is an enthusiastic Mathematics teacher educator with 17 years of experience of teaching at all levels from primary to teacher education. She believes in active learning stategies that engage learners and enhance their creativity. A certified yoga trainer and choreographer, arts form an integral part of her teaching. She joined IISER Pune in 2017 and is involved in teacher development, content creation and programme management.

  • Rohit Piwal
    Laboratory attendant