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INSPIRE Programme inaugurated at NIO by Mrs. Alina Saldanha
Exposing young students to science is the need of the hour, our students are the budding scientists of tomorrow, were the words said by Mrs. Alina Saldanha, Minister of state for Environment and Forest, as she inaugurated - The INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) program organized by the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography on 27th October. Mrs. Saldanha said that she also wanted to be a scientist in her younger days and that the young students participating in the program should make full use of the opportunity by interacting with leading scientists. She expressed her confidence that this initiative will go a long way in inspiring the youth of Goa to pursue careers in science.
Dr. SWA Naqvi, Director CSIR-NIO welcomed the gathering and highlighted the role of national institutes like NIO in sharing the new developments in science with young students.The key note address on “Space initiates - a new revolution” was delivered by Padma Bhushan Prof. U.R. Rao, former Chairman ISRO and Secretary to Govt. of India, Dept of Space. Prof. Rao described evolution of space research in the country starting from INSAT to the Mars Orbital Mission and enthused the students to take up a profession in a field of their interest rather than following others. Also present for the programme was Dr. Umesh Sharma, INSPIRE-DST In-charge, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi. The program Co-ordinator, Dr. Judith Gonsalves, CSIR-NIO, proposed the vote of thanks to the dignitaries, invitees and participants.
This 5 day program is structured for Goa’s top performers of X standard examination who are presently pursing science stream in XI standard. The program is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India. The basic objective of INSPIRE is to communicate to the youth population of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science and attract talent to the study of science at an early stage and build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the science &technology system and research and development base. This internship camp will play an important role in popularizing science in the state.
Over 150 students from higher secondary schools of Goa have registered for this hectic 5 day camp. Renowned scientists of different science disciplines from various institutions will mentor the students with inspiring and motivating talks and interactions.
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