The date to conduct the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) awards has been extended due to non-functional bank accounts of several students, which has caused delay in the delivery of money (Rs5,000) to students for making science models and transportation.
Due to this, the department of science and technology, New Delhi, has now decided to send money through cheques to each student, out of which, half of the money can be used for transportation.
This is the third time when the date to conduct the awards has been extended by the department. Earlier the awards were to be held from July 21 to 26. The date was then changed to August 4-9. However, it has been again changed to August 25-30.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Varinder Kaur, district science supervisor said, “Due to nonfunctional bank accounts of several students, the department of science and technology, New Delhi, has now decided to send the money (Rs5,000) for making projects through cheques.”
From Ludhiana district alone, total 511 students from different government schools will take part in the event.
The INSPIRE awards, organised for students of Classes 6 to 10, are a national programme implemented by the ministry for attraction of talent amongst students to study science and pursue career in research.
In 2013, as many as 443 students from Ludhiana took part in this innovative programme, while a student from the district participated at the national-level contest.
According to guidelines from the ministry of science and technology, school teachers have been advised to guide students. Also, students can’t use readymade model project (those purchased from the market).
A guide teacher from each school will be responsible for training and guiding students to prepare the most unique model, which will help in exploring his/ her hidden talent.
The objective of this award is to communicate the excitement of creative pursuit of science to students and attract their talent in mathematics and engineering as well.The award will help in building a pool of human resources for escalating and expanding the science and technology system.