The aim is to increase the number of scientists in the country
SIVAGANGA: The Department of Science and Technology will spend Rs.4,500 crore towards giving cash awards to students across the country in order to inspire them to take up innovative science projects, according to its Secretary, T. Ramasami.
He was inaugurating a seminar on “enhancing teaching competence of B. Ed students through neuro cognitive orientation” organized by the Centre for Research In Education and the Adigalar College of Education at Kundrakudi near here on Monday.
He said the scheme had five components to give away scientist awards, which carried citation and cash prize.
The massive scheme was intended to cover students from 10th standard to Ph. D scholars. It would be implemented in the next five years.
Mr. Ramasami said 10 lakh students would receive cash awards to the tune of Rs.5,000 each.
The scheme was prepared in such a way to give two awards each to all schools in the country. They would have to submit scientific study papers or models in the district level. Best papers would be selected for State and National level.
Two lakh children would be given this award per year. The scheme had become active in this year itself. Communication had been sent to the Chief Secretaries and Education Secretaries to take steps to inform all schools. It would be implemented through the Science City.
He said first rank holders of all schools in 10th and Plus Two with science as their main subjects would be automatically selected for internship to give science exposure during summer and winter seasons.
Eminent Nobel laureates across the world would be brought to the selected cities to address the students. The aim was to increase the number of scientists in the country on par with leading countries.
Mr. Ramasami said a general study revealed that in human beings not even a five percent of the human brain was being used. If the usage of brain was increased many wonders could be created. The educationists should evolve a new teaching process to maximize the usage of brain.
Ponnambala Adigalar, Adheenam of Kundrakudi Mutt said thousands of children in the country could not get proper primary education. The parents of many did not seem to care to raise their children with proper education.
Yagnaraman, Director, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, S. Mohan, Secretary, Adigalar College of Education, K. Balakrishnan, scientist, R.K. Sundarrajan, administrator spoke.