Scholarship for Students interested in Science

As many as 10,000 students in the State schools interested in science will receive Rs.5,000 each to participate in science exhibitions, buy books on science and take up a science project in school under the Department of Science and Technology’s Innovation of Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) programme.

On Monday, Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy presented cash awards to two dozen school students identified by the respective headmasters as interested in science.

Across the State, 10,256 students will receive Rs.5,000 in cash to pursue their abiding interest in science under the DST’s Scheme for Early Attraction of Talents for Science (SEATS).

“To ensure that the money is not wasted, the students will have mentors to guide them to use the money purposefully,” said S. Vincent, member secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST).

Two More Components

INSPIRE has two more components. The second component envisages Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE).

Under the scheme, the top 1 per cent of students in Class X and Plus 2 exams opting for a science course instead of engineering, medicine, law or other professional courses will be awarded Rs.80,000 per year during the degree programme.

While Rs.60,000 will be to cover educational expenses, Rs.20,000 is earmarked for summer projects in reputed national laboratories, he said.

Similar scholarship is extended in the Masters course as third component.

The school toppers opting for a career in science have the opportunity to obtain Rs.4 lakh in total through INSPIRE, Mr. Vincent said.

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