Students asked to take up Projects with Social Outlook
The projects students work on should be useful to the common man. They should have a social outlook, S. Vincent, Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council For Science and Technology (TNSCST), said here on Thursday.
“The projects should aid country’s development, improve the health of the people and empower women,” he said at the inauguration of the ‘State-Level Student Projects, Seminar-cum-Exhibition’ at P.S.G. College of Technology.
He suggested that the students could take up work on improving access to water, or they could work on addressing the energy needs of the country.
“In essence, the projects should take care of people’s interests.”
Two hundred of the 356 projects, which were in the area of life sciences, would get Government of India funding worth 24 lakh. The remaining 156 projects would get 6,000 each from the Government of Tamil Nadu, he said.
“The financial incentive is aimed at encouraging the students to proceed further in their research. That is not all, though. The students will also get to sport the ‘young scientist’ tag.”
For the purpose of encouraging research and innovation, the TNSCST had set up an Intellectual Property Rights Cell, which would identify projects that could be patented.
“In the past one-and-half years, the Cell had filed seven applications for patents and the same are under process,” he said.
K. Karunakaran, Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Coimbatore, said students with creative ideas should not be let down because of financial constraints.
“I have often found children with great ideas unable to succeed because of financial constraints. This should not happen. With the efforts the TNSCST, I am sure that the potential of such students will be tapped.”
Students should be encouraged to think out of the box and use their skills for the betterment of the society.
He asked the students to be socially sensitive. “Be socially conscious. Think what you can contribute for the society.
That should be the purpose of your living. Financial reward and security are not the primary objectives of life. Pleasure comes from giving and sharing.”
R. Rudramoorthy, Principal, P.S.G. College of Technology, asked the TNSCST to help students patent their projects and ideas.