In an initiative to inculcate scientific temper and to stimulate innovations amongst the young minds, the Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala has decided to host three weeks internship camp for students of class 9 to 12.
Speaking to HT, director general Pushpa Gujral Science City Dr RS Khandpur, informed that the camp would be held under National Council for Science and Technology Communication, department of science and technology project 'Regional Incubation Science Hubs for Innovators Programme (RISHI).
He said, "The aim of the camp is to provide platform to students who have innovative ideas so that they can offer solutions to the community problems through science and technology".
"It would be a continuous process every six months in the vacations of the students which started in the summer vacations this year for the first time. The students of class 9 to 12 of all government and private schools can participate in this three weeks camp at science city", Khandpur said.
Not only this, the selected students would also get a stipend of Rs 2000 apart from the reimbursement for second class transportation after the completion of their internship.
He added, "The participants will be provided free library and internet facilities, lodging and boarding during the internship period. The camp would start in the winter vacations from December 22 to January 12, 2013 while the interested students could send the hard or the soft copy of their ideas latest by October 30".
He said, "We got 250 applications in the first initiative in summer vacations out of which we had selected 11 different innovative ideas including usage of wasted gas while burning a gas stove, pumping water up by paddling. We will pursue the concept with different innovations and will pay for all the expenses to make it working".
The students can download the application form available on our website www.pgsciencecity.org.
Khandpur added that the ideas, sent by the students, would be scrutinized and the shortlisted candidates would be invited to make a presentation before the panel of experts at science city on November 21."