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Tamilnadu Science and Technology Centre is Organising a Certificate Course

Tamilnadu Science and Technology Centre is organising a certificate course in Windows and MS Office at Periyar Science and Technology Centre campus on Gandhi Mandapam Road from September 10, 2011. The duration of the classes will be 30 hours. Admission to the course is based on first-come-basis.

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Special Training Camp for High School Students

A special training camp on science and technology for the ninth and tenth class students will be held at the Cardamom Planters’ Association College, Bodinayakanur from 3rd May, 2011 and 22nd May, 2011, announced college principal in – charge M. Rajarajan.

Young Students Scientists Programme

Talking to media persons here on 16th April, 2011, he said Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST) had sanctioned 2.20 lakh for conducting training program for high school students under Young Students Scientists Programme (YSSP) with an aim of bringing out innovation and promoting talent among young rural students.

A total of 80 talented school students from Dindigul and Theni districts will be selected for training at the camp, he added.

The Chief Education Officers and District Education Officers of the two districts will select the students. If their strength is more than 80, an entrance examination will be held to shortlist the students.

Those selected will stay in the college hostel during the training. The schedule will start with yoga at 6 a.m. and theory classes between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Practical classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants will be trained in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, computer science and environmental sciences.

Encouraging students

The objective of the program was to encourage students to take up basic sciences and continue up to research levels, he added. Professors, scientists, scholars and doctors from IITs and Indian Institute of Sciences and industrialists will take theory classes.

The students will be taken to factories and university laboratories in the weekend to have first – hand experience of scientific applications.

The inventions by the students will be exhibited at the camp. Preference will be given for those students who attended the similar program in 2010.

Interested students can send their applications through the School Headmasters to the college, he added. Five colleges were selected from the state to organise such programme.

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New Science and Technology policy ready

The new Science and Technology policy being formulated by the Tamil Nadu Government has for the first time included Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as an important component.

S. Vincent, Member – Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST), said that the new Science and Technology policy was ready and was awaiting approval of the Government.

“A committee constituted by the Government for coming out with a policy for science and technology in the State has completed its task and is ready with inputs. For the first time, we have included IPR as one of the components,” he informed.

Dr. Vincent was speaking at the inauguration of an awareness workshop on IPR organised by the Department of Botany and Microbiology, Lady Doak College, Madurai, with the support of Patent Facilitation Centre in Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, and the Patent Information Centre of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology.

Special committee

He said that a committee formed by the Principal Secretary to Higher Education K. Ganesan for preparing a policy document had S.P. Thiayagarajan, former Vice – Chancellor, University of Madras; P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice – Chancellor, Anna University; K. Dharmalingam of Madurai Kamaraj University and others as members.

Explaining the efforts taken for encouraging patent regime, Dr. Vincent said that a Patent Information Centre was established at the council’s office in Chennai in 2007.

Also, patent cells were started in five universities in the State and several workshops organised at the university / college level to create awareness of how to file patents.

“The Council is helping researchers / scientists to get patents for their products / ideas. Already nearly 60 patent applications have been received and 20 patents granted. Another 134 applications are being processed and this is an impressive trend in our State,” Dr. Vincent observed.

The Member – Secretary appealed to the faculty members / researchers of universities and colleges to seek technical assistance of the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology with regard to patents.

R. Saha, Director, Patent Facilitation Centre, Department of Science and Technology, in his keynote address, urged the youngsters to develop a new mindset where innovation gets priority.

A. Mercy Pushpalatha, Principal, Lady Doak College, said that the awareness workshop was an opportunity for college students to learn about patenting and certification. R. Gunaseeli, Head, Department of Botany, and V. Dinesh Kumar from the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology were among those present.

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352 Students receive INSPIRE Award

As many as 352 students of the district were given Innovation of Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) award on Tuesday. The students were selected from the Government, Government-aided and self-finance schools in Krishnagiri.

Giving away the cash award of ₹ 5,000 to each student, Collector V. Arun Roy said that the awards were given to students who have interest in science.

The cash award should be utilised for undertaking projects in science and take part in science exhibitions, he said.

The award was instituted by the Department of Science and Technology of the Union Government and the nodal agency in the State Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST).

Across the State, 10,256 students would receive ₹ 5,000 in cash.

A total amount of ₹ 17.60 lakh was distributed to the students. 

M. Baskaran, Chief Educational Officer (SSA), said on Tuesday that INSPIRE has two more components. The second component envisages Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE).

Under the scheme, the top one per cent of students in Class X and Plus-Two exams opting for a science course instead of engineering, medicine, law or other professional courses would be awarded ₹ 80,000 per year during the degree program.

While ₹ 60,000 would be to cover educational expenses, ₹ 20,000 would be earmarked for summer projects in reputed national laboratories, he said. Similar scholarship was extended in the Masters course as third component.

The school toppers opting for a career in science have the opportunity to obtain ₹ 4 lakh in total through INSPIRE.

The INSPIRE scholarship award was announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while addressing the 97th Science Congress in Thiruvananthapuram recently.

The Union Government allocated ₹ 2,100 crore for the scheme during the Eleventh Plan period.


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