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Intel promoting scientific innovation

CII, DST & Intel launched IRIS for promoting scientific innovation amongst children in educational institutes in India.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 11:40 IST

IRIS is an initiative for Research & Innovation in Science for young minds aimed at promoting scientific innovation amongst children was announced by Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science & Technology, in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry and Intel.

IRIS would touch over 20 Lakh students from over 25000 schools and educational institutes in India.

Prof.V.S.Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Mr.Amar Babu, Director, Sales and Marketing-South Asia, Intel and Mr. N Srinivasan, Director General, CII signed an Expression of Interest under which IRIS would recognise and reward innovative youth of the country and get recognized at international events like International Exhibition for Young Inventors, December 2006, New Delhi and Intel ISEF, USA. A detailed agreement outlining specific activities under IRIS shall be signed soon.

The Minister stated that this was a unique starting under public-private partnership to foster creativity among children and make them relate to the phenomenon around them. He appreciated Intel for the good work carried among children for the last five years and called for an amalgamation of the rural and urban talent in the country.

Prof.V.S.Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology noting that young children have become bigger social assets rather than dollar today. He said that this initiative would encourage innovation and research tendency among the young children who know no international barriers.

Mr. Amar Babu, said that the activities of IRIS would foster genuine innovation among children who form a large part of the Indian populace. He further noted that the partnership will scale up the programme.

Mr. N Srinivasan while reiterating CII commitment, invited other Indian industry to join this initiative.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 11:40 IST