Government to attract talent in scientific research: Chavan

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New Delhi: The central government has approved a programme called Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (Inspire) to promote science and attract talent for pursuing career in research, Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan said Wednesday. Chavan, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, said the scheme was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in December last year with an objective to attract talent and motivate them for studying science from an early age and pursuing career in research. "The scheme will help to build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science and Technology and Research and Development base in the country. It is a programme with a long-term foresight," said Chavan. Chavan said the program has three components -- Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent for Science (SEATS) covering children of 10 to 15 years, Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) covering an age group of 17 to 22 years and Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC) covering an age group of 10 to 32 years of a student. SEATS aims at attracting children to experience the joy of innovations through an investment of 5,000 per child as Inspire award. Chavan said the programme offers several scholarships and mentoring through summer attachment with performing researchers.

Source: IANS
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