India to set up innovation hubs for students

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23rd May 2008

New Delhi: The Government of India is planning to set up seven Regional Innovation Science Hubs for Inventors (RISHI) to promote innovation and encourage youngsters to take up a career in science and technology. Announcing this, the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Kapil Sibal said that each centre would specialise in one discipline, even while having a core set of common activities. Sibal said that the structure will vary to allow for plurality so that effectiveness of RISHI can be assessed and the best model adopted for wide scale replication. The hubs would be located in host organisations such as progressive school, university, science centre, science city, science based voluntary organisation, society and foundation promoting science talent and bal bhavan. The centres could choose from one or more disciplines to specialise in. These include robotics, agriculture and rural development, science and mass communication, biotechnology, ocean sciences, biomedical engineering and renewable energy sources and their application. The centres would be accessible to every student, irrespective of whether he or she was in an urban or a rural area, the minister said. Speaking at a function to honour students who had participated in the international pre-college science and engineering fair organised by Intel in the US recently, the Minister said that these hubs will help to promote scientific temper in the country. In all, eight students from India participated in the fair and seven won awards in different categories, majority from non-metro cities and are girls. The students were selected through a programme called the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) conducted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Intel and the Confederation of Indian Industry. —iGovernment Bureau
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