The Ministry of Science and Technology on 8 October 2013 launched the three days long event for 3rd National level Exhibition and Project Competitions (NLEPC) under the INSPIRE Awards Scheme in New Delhi. The NLEPC came as a result of Former President of India, Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalaam’s call to the youngsters in Science to do something unique.
Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalaam explained that research was a foundation of the success of the great minds. The purpose of the INSPIRE programme is to promote research and scientific discovery through ignited minds. The Welcome address was delivered by Dr. T.Ramasami, Secretary Department of Science and Technology, Government of India , who briefed about the INSPIRE activities. A Jury consisting of 250 persons has evaluated the projects put for awards.
The National level Exhibition and Project Competitions were inaugurated by Ajit Kumar Seth, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India. About 900 selected Awardees from all over the country are participating in the event.
About the INSPIRE
• INSPIRE stands for Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research.
• It is a National Programme implemented by the Ministry for attraction of talent amongst students to study science and pursue career with research.
• The basic objective of INSPIRE is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitement of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the science and technology system and R&D base.
• The programme was launched by the Prime Minister of India on 13 December 2008. The implementation started during 2009-10.