| "Inspire" To Attract Youth to
Government has mounted a special scholarship scheme titled Innovation in
Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) to attract talented youth
to study and careers with science. The main features of the INSPIRE are: a) Scheme
for Early Attraction of Talents for Science (SEATS) providing Science innovation
scholarship of Rs.5000 for a total of one million young learners of the age group
10-15 years once in their school career and mentorship through global science
leaders including Nobel Laureates and Indians leaders in science at a summer camp
for the top 1% performers in the Class X examination every year for period of
five years; b) Scholarships for Higher Education (SHE) for the age group of 17-22
years @ Rs. 1 lakh per year for continuing science education at B.Sc. and M.Sc.
levels for 10,000 candidates and c) Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC)
for 1000 young researchers in the age group of 22-32 years for 5 years to pursue
doctoral research in science backed by an assured career opportunity scheme for
another period of five years on completion of their Ph. D. The INSPIRE Programme,
as it offers Science as a career option by providing necessary opportunities to
youth with aptitude for science and a desire to innovate, in addition to reasonable
financial assistance, would help in producing more science students and Ph.Ds
and help in increasing the stock of the scientific community necessary for meeting
future challenges including preventing the brain drain.
The scheme also
envisages that the available number of scholarships would be distributed to students
from various Boards based on total number of students taken their examinations
in the respective Boards including West Bengal. The total allocation for the entire
11th Five Year Plan is Rs.2250 crores for the INSPIRE Programme and is presently
at various levels of Government approval.
This information was given by
Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Kapil Sibal
in a written reply to a question by Shri S.K. Kharventhan in the Lok Sabha today.
Press Inormation Bureau
Date: March 18, 2008