A five-day Innovation in Science Pursuit of Inspired Research (INSPIRE) internship camp for school students began at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU) in Palampur on Friday.
As many as 180 meritorious students from 34 schools of Kangra and Una districts will be participating in the camp. Inaugurating the camp, HPAU vice-chancellor KK Katoch said the central government was funding several programmes across the country to popularise science among the school students.
"Currently, three programmes are being run to attract the students towards the science subject, which include scheme for attracting talent, scholarship for higher education' and assured opportunity in research career (AORC)," added Katoch, exhorting the participating students to avail the opportunity.
The V-C urged the students to pursue a career in science and help the nation in creating a rich human resource pool in various branches of the subject.
"INSPIRE has been able to create a joy of learning and innovation among school students," said Katoch, adding that young age was a wonderful period to experiment, learn and choose career and it was the duty of teachers to help the young minds explore all possibilities of growth.
Katoch also deliberated on the importance of agricultural sciences in food security of the nation and asked the students to join the HPAU if they wanted to pursue a career in agricultural and allied sciences.
Coordinator and students welfare officer SS Kanwar informed that the university, so far, had organised 12 INSPIRE camps with the participation of 1980 students from all over the state.
He added that the students who scored 84% or more marks in the matriculation examination were invited to attend such camps. Scientists from Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), Central University of Himachal Pradesh, IHBT, IIT Mandi, Punjab University, Punjab Agricultural University, Pondicherry University and host HPAU will be interacting with the students during the camp.
Participants will also visit various labs. Besides, they will also be given a science kit to conduct small experiments.