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Dr. Savithri Singh, who received her educational training in Botany, has over time diversified her interests - issues on education, women and environment specially concern her. Probably due to her long association with the 'Centre for Science Education Communication', she likes to identify herself as a 'science educationist'. She was a member of National Knowledge Commission's working group on 'Retention of students in Science and Mathematics' and is an India Core team member for developing guidelines for 'Quality Assurance in Multimedia Learning Materials' - a project of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia and the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver.
Whatever Dr Singh does, she does with passion - this is evident by the way she is pursuing her new passion of Birding which she started end of year 2011. She is very active in the facebook forum on Indian Birds and has also started contribution photographs to the Oriental Birds Database. In keeping with her passion, she is one of the mentors of an Innovative project for students being funded by the University of Delhi - ten students are part of the project where they are studying patterns in bird locomotion. Hence, not only is Dr. Singh finding ways to pursue her hobby she is also helping to inculcate in students the love and appreciation for birds and nature!!
Dr Singh believes in collaborative learning not only among peers but also between a student and a teacher. This is reflected in her open approach to new pedagogy and adoption of technology in education. Dr. Singh has been actively involved in developing University and school level curriculum and syllabi. After having helped with the development of textbooks for Delhi SCERT in 2003, she has been working with NCERT at various levels for improving science education including Member, 'National Focus Group on Teaching of Science'; member, Science syllabus Committee'; Member, Departmental Advisory Board, Department of Science and Mathematics and Department of Teachers Education and Extension; Chief Advisor, Primary Environmental Studies textbooks, and author, Textbook Development team for Biology XI and XII.
Being a strong advocate of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and Open Educational Resources (OER) Dr Savithri Singh is an elected member and Vice-Chair of the International Community Council of the Wikieducator - a 'wiki' committed for building open education resources (OERs). She believes in free universal access to education and has led the college to switch over from various proprietary softwares to LINUX and FOSS. She was aconsultant with Commonwealth of Learning - CEMCA for guiding the Mumbai University to create 'OER's for the first year syllabus in the area of Economics and Softskills'. Dr. Savithri Singh is also a member of an ongoing International level IDRC (Canada) project where she is invited to be a member of the OER Research Planning Group run by Wawasan Open University, Malaysia.
Dr. Singh is passionate about encouraging research by faculty and promoting experiment-based research projects by undergraduate students. She makes it a point to ensure that students get opportunities to work with the best of tools available thus gaining valuable hands-on experience. She is responsible for the several hands-on workshops for students in the college - be it in Electronics, Biology, microbiology or Computer Science. Savithri Singh comes through as a Botanist with loads of energy and enthusiasm when she accompanies undergraduate students on their annual excursion.
As head of the ANDC's administration, Dr Singh's approach has been very democratic with special concern for the less-privileged. She is easily accessible, a workaholic and a good team-person. Everybody in the ANDC community looks to her as a friend, philosopher and guide. She likes to listen to music - old Hindi film songs of Mukesh are among her favourites. She is always game for new challenges having been an Inter-University level sportsperson.
Dr Savithri Singh is widely travelled - places she has visited include Philippines, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, United States, Germany, Thailand, Bangladesh, Egypt and Turkey