New Delhi, December 7: The Union Minister for Science and Technology & Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan after inaugurating the exhibition interacted with the INSPIRE students and took a round to see their projects. Three (3) students will be awarded National prizes and 57 consolation prizes for winners in. The NLEPC was held yesterday and today along with the India International Science Festival at IIT Delhi.699 students who had earlier competed at District level and State Level competition and short listed for the National Exhibition are participating in this 5th NLEPC held under INSPIRE programme.
Several School children from various Delhi schools are also visiting the INSPIRE Exhibition stalls inaugurated by the Minister along with Secretary, DST, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Director, IIT, Prof. Kshitij Gupta, Secretary General, VIBHA Shri Jaya Kumar and senior officials from DST, IIT and TIFAC. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed happiness that most of the innovations presented at NLEPC also stem from the aim of improve day-to-day life of the common people. A jury of 200 scientists will be judging the science projects /models and will be interacting with the students to shortlist 60 winners.
Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a national programme implemented by the Ministry of Science & Technology for attraction of talent amongst the students to study Science and pursue career with research.
INSPIRE Award, is implemented centrally through the States/ UTs. Under this scheme, during the five year period two students are selected from each middle and high school of the country for an INSPIRE Award of Rs.5000/- each for preparing a Science Project / Model.
These awardees, who are students from classes 6th to 10th, then participate in a three tier competition: District, State and National Level. The projects exhibited are evaluated by a jury of experts. All the 29 states and 7 UTs are participating in the scheme. The Scheme is continuing in the 12th Five Year Plan.
The basic objective of the programme is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitement of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the science and technology system and R&D base.
The programme was launched by the Prime Minister on 13th December 2008. The implementation started during 2009-10.In so far as INSPIRE Award component is concerned, 12.94 lakhs INSPIRE Awards have been sanctioned till date. About 47 % of the awardees are girls and 26% SCs/STs.