Focus: GS III: Science and Technology
Why in News?
Recently, the 9th National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC) for the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge), has commenced.
About INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) Award:
- It is aligned with the ‘Start-up India’ initiative and is being executed by DST (Department of Science and Technology) with National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF), an autonomous body of DST.
- In accordance with this, students are invited from all public and private schools nationwide, regardless of the educational boards (national and state).
- They would receive financial assistance of Rs 10,000 each so they could create prototypes of the ideas they submitted for the programme.
- As a next step, they competed at respective District Level Exhibition and Project Competition (DLEPC) and State Level Exhibition and Project Competition (SLEPC) and finally National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC).
- To motivate students to become future innovators and critical thinkers.
- To encourage a culture of creativity and inventive thinking among schoolchildren by aiming for one million unique ideas/innovations with scientific and societal implications.
- To use science and technology to address societal challenges while fostering the development of tomorrow’s sensitive, accountable, and innovative leaders.
About INSPIRE Scheme
- One of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s flagship initiatives is the INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) programme.
- Its goal is to inspire young people in the nation to pursue science in a creative way, to draw talent to the subject at a young age, and to create the crucial human resource pool needed to strengthen and grow the country’s scientific and technology system and research and development foundation.
- Since 2010, the INSPIRE programme has been effectively implemented by the Indian government. The programme has five components and is available to students between the ages of 10 and 32.