The five-day internship science camp 2013 for Intermediate students began at Kakatiya University on Tuesday morning.

This is the second year in a row that the university is conducting the programme sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Addressing the students, university Vice-Chancellor B. Venkat Rathnam exhorted the students to develop interest in research and said that programme like INSPIRE were intended to inculcate the spirit of research among students. He advised the students to set goals and strive to achieve them. “Reading should be your first priority which develops individuality,” he said.

He also advised the parents not to exert pressure on their wards by imposing their personal likes and dislikes. They should be given freedom to opt for the field of their interest. Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Polasa of Hyderabad National Institute of Nutrition said parents and teachers should invoke curiosity among students to develop interest in science research and create conducive environment. She wanted students to be creative in their approach and work with determination to achieve the set goals. Government has been organising programmes like INSPIRE to seed the sense of science research, she said.

Presiding over the inaugural session registrar Prof. K. Sayulu said that rural background, poverty does not come in the way, if one has desire to come up in life.

Programme coordinator M. Krishna Reddy and about 150 students took part in the programme.