Kilangjungla wins INSPIRE science exhibition
Dimapur, August 9 (EMN): A State level Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) science exhibition and project competition 2017- part II was held at Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS), Nagarjan, Dimapur, on Wednesday with the participation of 13 schools in Dimapur.
Kilangjungla of El-Shaddai Academy, Dimapur, bagged the first prize of the state level INSPIRE science exhibition and project competition 2017- part II, while Meyawati Walling of Livingstone Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, and Viyili Awomi of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, won the second and third places respectively.
State Nodal Officer for INSPIRE Awards Scheme, Daniel Thong Seb, in his introductory note, expounded that State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has been collaborating with the Department of Science & Technology (DST) in implementing INSPIRE scheme since 2010. The scheme, he said, covers students in the age group of 10-32 years and has five components. In the first component, INSPIRE Award aims to motivate students in the age group of 10-15 years studying in Classes VI to X to pursue Science as career.
The INSPIRE Award – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge) is being revamped and executed by Department of Science & Technology and National Innovation Foundation-India to align it with the action plan for “Start-up India” initiative launched by the Prime Minister of India.
Under the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK Scheme, students will be invited from all government or private schools throughout the country irrespective of their educational boards (national and state) to send original and creative technological ideas/innovations focusing on common problems and come up with solutions on their own. Once the student comes out with an idea, he/she can submit ideas to the Principal/Headmaster of their schools, highlighted Seb.
Deputy District Education Officer (DDEO), Dimapur, R Amongla Jamir, in her address, persuaded students to take opportunity of the scheme- to thoughtfully look into daily struggles and bring out innovative ideas to mitigate the daily issues and problems in a scientific manner.
Jamir urged teachers to encourage the students to develop scientific temper and accordingly mould them by identifying their talents. The DDEO also emphasised on vocational courses to be taught in schools and advised the students not to compromise on hard work, go beyond classroom learning and reminded them that books alone is not enough to be at the forefront in this competitive era.
The jury of State level INSPIRE science exhibition and project competition 2017- part II were DIET senior lecturer James Sema, SCERT Kohima reader R Peter Phewhuo, GHSS teacher Lephizo Apon and GHSS teacher Apila Patton.
The SCERT Nagaland informed that the online submission for INSPIRE Awards-MANAK scheme for the year 2017-18 is open till August 15, 2017. Schools may submit student’s ideas/innovations through NIF website or schools located in northeast region may also send by speed post in prescribed format to National Innovation Foundation-India, Grambharti, Amrapur, Gandhinagar-Mahudi road, Gandhinagar, Gujarat-382650 in an envelope super scribed as “INSPIRE-MANAK submissions.”