The Seeker Space, a co-learning platform founded by a researcher, educator and entrepreneur with a mission to get everyone learning, is a platform for hosting workshops, talks, research and discussions across disciplines. NT BUZZ finds out more
RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT BUZZ
To spread awareness among Goan students about the opportunities open to them in their areas of interest, Raj Kunkolienkar, Siddharaj Mopkar and Ryan D’Costa have developed ‘The Seeker Space’, a co-learning platform.
The trio has operated in the education, research and technology space over the last few years in Goa. Siddharaj, a teacher for the last seven years, says: “As these lines of work have been increasingly tight knit, it was only a matter of time that we would collaborate and come under a common umbrella to conduct our activities.”
He had initially worked on a model similar to the one they currently follow but was unsuccessful then as parents, students and the technology was not ready. “But today we have the infrastructure for students to pick up skill development right at class 5 or 7,” adds Siddharaj who has been a fellow at the Teach For India programme for two years and has coached about 600 students in Panaji and Margao.
Situated in Panaji, the platform’s model is focused around creating an environment conducive to knowledge acquisition, exchange and creation. They encourage inquiry-based learning and believe that lessons are absorbed best when they are taught in reply to questions that people have. “We are specifically catering to school students who wish to not only excel in their academics but want to go beyond it. College students and working professionals looking for training and up-skilling and adults and casual learners are also involved in our initiative,” informs Siddharaj. The team is actively backed by a body of experienced as well as early career researchers, educators, administrators and entrepreneurs.
Ryan has been working in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry for the past five years and wants to bring the latest developmental tools to students. In charge of trainings and talent management, he says: “I want to develop an approach where they can work with their hands, build something and use that information to learn everything else that they do in school. You can relate to things much better when you have technology at your hands.”
They want to spread awareness about streams students can choose beyond high school or higher secondary, because infrastructure-wise Goa does not have many disciplines. “We want students to know what else is available, and what people are doing in other countries,” says Ryan.
The platform will host workshops, talks, research, discussions across disciplines and learners can take up what interests them. The space also runs a research residency fellowship, hosting researchers across 6 domains. A physics graduate from BITS Pilani, Raj is a researcher in applied mathematics and theoretical physics and coordinates the research activities at the Seeker Space. He says: “We have an active research programme wherein we host recent graduates from top Indian colleges. These residents collaborate and work on their ideas or products which have a strong research focus. The research program was previously housed under Vidyavriksh Research; a small, independent and interdisciplinary group based out of Goa and we are expanding the same, under Seeker Space.”
The platform is hosting a series of six technology based workshops on programming, robotics, game and web development in July at Don Bosco College, Panaji. “We will begin with the talks and discussions once we move to the Mushtifund centre in August,” concludes Ryan.
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