International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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INSPIRE Internship Camp

Activity by Prem Mohan Mishra   |   added on Oct 27, 2011   |   India Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Department of Science & Tecnology, Govt of India

Inspire Camp involves lectures, Direct interactions, Group Discussions amongst the distinguished scientists and the young students & lab visits and science related demonstrations in order to attract the young generations towards basic sciences.

INSPIRE is Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspire Research. INSPIRE is a program by DST for attraction of young minds to science.The basic objective of INSPIRE is to communicate to the youth population of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science and attract talent to the study of science at an early stage and build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R&D base.

"Motivating talented youth to take-up research as a personal undertaking by rubbing shoulders with global icons of science including Nobel Prize Winners, is the objective of INSPIRE Internship. This component of the program aims to work as a life-long catalysing experience for the 11th graders in science stream"

A striking feature of the program is that it does not believe in conducting competitive exams for identification of talent at any level. It believes in and relies on the efficacy of the existing educational structure for identification of talent. The strength of the innovation infrastructure of a nation has enormous significance in the competition between emerging knowledge economies. The realization of Vision 2020 calls for action and a well designed innovation infrastructure.

Generation and nurturing of a human talent pool capable of utilizing and developing first principles in science is both a pre-condition and integral part of such an innovation infrastructure. An India specific model for attracting talent with an aptitude for research and innovation, for a career in basic & natural sciences is required. INSPIRE is an innovative program developed by the DST to attract talent to the excitement and study of science at an early age, and to help the country build the required critical resource pool for strengthening and expanding the S&T system and R&D base. It is a program with long term foresight.

Topic: celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, demonstrations, sustainable and green chemistry, educational materials Audience: students, professors, educators, high schools, school children, secondary schools students, educational institutions
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