10 Sep 2012

Second National Level Exhibition and Project Competitions


DST Signs MoU with the ITPO for the Second National Level Exhibition and Project Competitions 
An MoU was signed between Department of Science and Technology (DST) and India Trade PromotionOrganisation (ITPO) today for the conduct of 2nd National level Exhibition and Project Competitions (NLEPC) under the Innovation in Science Pursuit for the Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Award Scheme.
The signing was done by Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, DST and Ms Rita Menon, Chairperson and Managing Director, ITPO in the presence of Shri Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences.

The NLEPC is being organized by DST at ITPO, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi during October 21-23, 2012.   

INSPIRE, a National programme implemented by the Ministry of Science & Technology for attraction of talent amongst students to study science and pursue career with research, was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 13th December 2008.  Since then, the programme has progressed extremely well, touching more than seven lakh students across the country.

INSPIRE Programme has three components:-

(a)   Scheme for early attraction of talents for Science (SEATs), which has two sub-components (i) INSPIRE Award of `5000/- and (ii) Mentorship through global Science leaders at a science camp;

(b)  Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) at the rate of `80,000/- for continuing education at B.Sc and M.Sclevels and

(c)   Assured Opportunity for Researach Career (AORC) for young researches which also has two sub-components (i) INSPIRE Fellowship and (ii) INSPIRE Faculty.

Hence, the INSPIRE programme has 5 sub-schemes/components.

Nearly 6.5 lakh INSPIRE Awards have been sanctioned till date.  Under the INSPIRE Internship, as on date about 500 Science Camps have been held covering about 1.20 lakh  students in the age group of 16-18 years, 30 Nobel Laureates  and 3500 resource persons participated in these camps.  About 15000 scholarships for students in the age group of 17-22 years have been given and about 1850 INSPIRE Fellows in the age group of 22 -27 years have been enrolled so far.  Finally, under the Faculty Award for Assured Career under the age of 32, seventy four individuals have been awarded and 101 selected for inspire faculty fellowship, as on date.

Under the INSPIRE Award component programme, about 6.5 lakh awards have been sanctioned till date. Under this scheme, 2 students are eligible from each school of the country during the Five Year Plan period for an INSPIFRE Award of `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 1st NLEPC was organized during August 14-16, 2011 in which 688 students from various States and UTs of the country participated.  This time about 1000 children from 35 States/UTs are expected to participate.

The Statewise details of awards sanctioned and amounts released for these competitions are as below:-

S.No
State/UT
No. of Awards sanctioned
Total amount sanctioned for the awards (@ Rs. 5000/- per Award) (Rs. Inlakhs)
Amount released for DLEPCs/ SLEPCs & NLEPC                                                    (Rs. In lakhs)
1
2
3
4
5
1
Andhra Pradesh
46175
2308.75
705.20
2
Arunachal Pradesh
438
21.90
11.00
3
Assam
3138
156.90
63.42
4
Bihar
24157
1207.85
100.00
5
Chattisgarh
35600
1780.00
521.89
6
Goa
398
19.90
4.97
7
Gujarat
43324
2166.20
152.64
8
Haryana
14837
741.85
259.67
9
Himachal Pradesh
9365
468.25
189.97
10
Jammu and Kashmir
8706
435.30
109.87
11
Jharkhand
11789
589.45
101.84
12
Karnataka
71432
3571.60
758.06
13
Kerala
7532
376.60
69.67
14
Madhya Pradesh
79480
3974.00
991.84
15
Maharashtra
67336
3366.80
1168.46
16
Manipur
850
42.50
18.60
17
Meghalaya
1911
95.55
20.45
18
Mizoram
2407
120.35
46.57
19
Nagaland
292
14.60
3.85
20
Orissa
14760
738.00
317.02
21
Punjab
18358
917.90
164.03
22
Rajasthan
73902
3695.10
342.36
23
Sikkim
631
31.55
13.71
24
Tamil Nadu
33425
1671.25
429.72
25
Tripura
1717
85.85
40.78
26
Uttar Pradesh
58819
2940.95
1737.48
27
Uttarakhand
1116
55.80
26.46
28
West Bengal
12391
619.55
147.46
29
A&N Islands
264
13.20
5.16
30
Chandigarh
449
22.45
6.53
31
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
245
12.25
2.56
32
Daman and Diu
183
9.15
2.10
33
Lakshadweep
17
0.85
0.47
34
NCT of Delhi
2990
149.50
26.06
35
Puducherry
727
36.35
1.87
36
Kendriya VidyalayaSangathan
664
33.20
14.53

Total
649825
32491.25
8576.24

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