Number of Students Covered Under INSPIRE Award May Increase

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INSPIRE Award For Science Monday, 10 September, science and technology minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters about Government’s plans to increase the number of students covered under INSPIRE Award scheme, that seeks to encourage them to study science, from two per school to five.

Currently, under the scheme, two students are eligible from each school during the Five Year Plan period for an INSPIRE Award of Rs 5,000 each for preparing a science project/model. Ravi, however, said there would be no increase in the budgetary allocation for the initiative.

The Innovation in Science Pursuit for the Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Scheme was launched in December 2008 and 6.5 lakh awards have been sanctioned till date. The participation is open for the students studying in classes VI through X.

Meanwhile, the department of science and technology on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) for organising the second National-Level Exhibition and Project Competitions (NLEPC) under the INSPIRE Award Scheme.

The NLEPC is being organised by DST at ITPO at Pragati Maidan here from October 21 to 23.

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