Lab to classes ? Indian scientists to mentor students

MST PC 080914New Delhi (ISJ) ? In a bid to mentor students to science and technology, India on Monday (Sept. 08) announced scientists under the Ministry of Science and Technology will take lectures in schools and colleges. Science and Technology Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said, all scientists will take at least 12 hours of lectures during a year, which will be their honorary ?contribution to nation building?.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said the finer contours of the programme will be finalised in consultation with the Human Resource Development Ministry.

"We would also like to have a review and performance evaluation system for this initiative. There will be a review every one year so that we can improve upon it," said the Minister.

A second announcement by the Minister is a 'special promotion scheme for women' named KIRAN ? Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing. Except for name, it is recycling of an existing 'Women Scientists Scheme' of the Department of Science and Technology, though the Minister argues it otherwise. He said, it would bring gender parity in the scientific fields, create leadership amongst women scientists and a mobility mechanism for those who are forced to take a break from service for various reasons.

The existing scheme provides ?opportunities for women scientists and technologists between the age group of 30-50 years, who desire to return to mainstream science and work as bench-level scientists. Through this endeavour of the Department, a concerted effort would be made to give women a strong foothold into the scientific profession, help them re-enter into the mainstream and provide a launch pad for further forays into the field of science and technology'.

Listing out achievements of the departments under his belt during the 100 days of NDA government, Dr. Jitendra Singh said India?s participation in Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) ? world's largest telescope project, indigenous development of four vaccines ? three for universal immunisation programme and a fourth one for adults to protect against Japanese Encephalitis, launch of indigenously built Oceanographic Research Vessel, Sindhu Sadhana are some of them.

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