INSPIRE Scholarships – School Level
INSPIRE Scholarships are awarded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. In order to popularise science education and let students experience the joy of innovation, every year two lakh school children in the age-group of 10 to 15 years i.e., 6th to 10th standards are being identified for the INSPIRE Award. Each INSPIRE Award envisions an investment of Rs.5,000/- per child. The scheme plans to reach at least two students per secondary school during the next five years.
Level: The scholarships are awarded to Middle and Secondary level school students.
Value: The school level the scholarships are awarded under two categories. From standard 6 to standard 10. Each student will get an amount of Rs 5000 for making a Project and transportation cost for displaying the exhibits/ project in the exhibition. Award money will be released directly to the Awardees by an arrangement with SBI.
Selection process: There is no qualifying examination for identifying suitable candidates. Names of the Students will be nominated by the Principal/Headmaster/Headmistress. The concerned State will provide the list of all Middle & Secondary level Schools. The scheme covers Government, Government aided and Private schools all over India. Names of one selected student each from Classes 6th, 7th and 8th in one Group and 9th and 10th in another Group of each School with an indication of preferred student name from each Group, will be provided by the Headmaster/Headmistress/Principal of each School through the respective State Education department.
State Education Department will exercise their convenient method of selection of students from each school in the State. Both academic records of the student and exhibition/project done by the student will be considered in the selection process. Criteria used by the State for the selection will be a transparent one and will be shared with the Department of Science and Technology.
The cost of organizing the Exhibitions at the District & State Level will be borne by the Department of Science and Technology.
The aim of the Department is to distribute one million awards in five years spread across 5 lakhs Middle and Secondary level schools in the country.
Further details: may be obtained from the Headmaster/Headmistress/Principal of each school
INSPIRE Science Camp
For attending INSPIRE Science Camp, the student need not pay any money either to the school or the organizer. Expenditures towards travel (to and from), accommodation, food etc., for all students attending science camps are taken care of by DST-INSPIRE programme through respective camp organizers. The camp is totally free of cost for the student.
Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)” is an innovative programme sponsored and managed by the Department of Science & Technology for attracting young talent to Science. The basic objective of INSPIRE is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build a human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R & D base of the country.