Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal has announced a set of initiatives aimed at drawing school children to science. These include an 'innovation scholarship' of Rs 5,000 for children between 10 and 17 years of age and summer camps for the 50,000 best Class X students in educational boards across the country. The Department of Science and Technology is also launching a campaign in partnership with National Geographic to popularise science education.
The proposal to grant a scholarship of Rs 5,000 a year to students in middle and higher secondary schools has been submitted to the finance ministry for budgetary allocation from the next financial year, Sibal said.
“We are also planning to hold summer camps for the top 1 per cent students in Class X across the country, where eminent scientists, scholars and Nobel laureates will be invited to address them and inspire them to build a career in science and technology,” he added.
In addition, the ministry has sought a four-fold increase of the current Rs 25,000 crore budget to Rs 100,000 crore in the Eleventh Five Year Plan for promoting the basic sciences and investing in knowledge-based research.