Hailakandi: The process for online submission of nominations for Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Awards-MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge) 2019 for Classes VI to X has begun. Held under the aegis of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India, the nominations for online application at www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in will remain open till July 31.
Inspector of Schools, Rajiv Kumar Jha said the scheme, one of the flagship programmes of DST is aimed at igniting young minds in the age group of 10-15 years towards research and innovation. Under the scheme, students of both government and private schools can participate in it by submitting their innovative ideas/innovations through schools.
Jha pointed out that selected ideas/innovations would get Rs 10,000 each to develop a prototype and get a chance to participate in the District Level Exhibition and Project Competition. Further, the shortlisted will be able to participate in the State Level Exhibition and Project Competition. “Nearly 1,000 students will get a chance to showcase their innovation at the National Level Exhibition and Project Competition. Finally, 60 innovative projects will be incubated by NIF and will be displayed at the annual Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” said Jha. Jha exuded optimism that Hailakandi district would earn more laurels this time around. The students of the district have a knack for science and performed exceedingly well in HSLC and HS examinations over the years. Last year, five students of ICMC High School bagged the INSPIRE-MANAK Awards. Of the five selected, four were girls.