No grants for INSPIRE awards from govt

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2014 13:37 IST

As many as 511 students are waiting for grant to prepare models to participate in innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) awards.

According to the directions from Director General School Education (DGSE), Punjab, the awards have to be conducted between August 25 and August 30. This is the first time the students will get cheques worth Rs 5,000 for making science models and transportation purpose. The department of science and technology, New Delhi, has to send the money through cheques to each student, out of which, half of the money can be used for transportation purpose.

The venue to conduct the awards is Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary school, near Kochar Market.

Out of 511, 269 students of Class 6 to 8 would display their models on August 25 to 27 and 242 students of Class 9 and 10 would display on August 28 to 30.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, district science supervisor Varinder Kaur said, “We are yet to receive the grant from the higher authorities and as soon as we get it we will give them to the students. We are expecting that we will get the money till Tuesday. During school inspections, I have observed that school students have already started preparing models.”

A student who wished not to be named, said, “My parents are working on daily wages and I want to prepare a model on agricultural practices but have no money to do so. So my science teacher has provided me material to prepare model. But I think that is not enough.”

A science teacher of government school at condition of anonymity said, “Only a week is left in the awards and the students are yet to receive the money. The students need at least one month to prepare a model so now they have just one week. It is the duty of the higher authorities to provide money on time.”

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