Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a National
Programme implemented by the Ministry for attraction of talent amongst students
to study science and pursue career with research.
The basic objective of the programme is to communicate to the youth of the
country the excitement of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the
study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human
resource pool for strengthening and expanding the science and technology system
and R&D base.
Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)" is an innovative
programme sponsored and managed by the Department of Science & Technology for
attraction of 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
the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the
Science & Technology system and R&D base.
The programme was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 13th December 2008.
The implementation started during 2009-10.
INSPIRE Programme covers students in the age group 10-32 years, and has five
components: INSPIRE Award (for 10-15 age group), INSPIRE Internship at a science
camp with opportunity for interaction with global science leaders (for 16-17 age
group), INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) @ Rs 80000/ per year for
continuing education at B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels (for 17-22 age group), INSPIRE
Fellowship for doctoral research (for 22-27 age group) and INSPIRE faculty for
assured career opportunity (for 27-32 age group).
In so far as INSPIRE Award component is concerned,
Thirteen Lakh Ninety Eight Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Eight
INSPIRE Awards have been sanctioned till date Annexure
. Under the INSPIRE Internship, as on date about 800 Science Camps have been
held covering about 1.90 lakh students in the age group of 16-17 years, 40 Nobel
Laureates and about 8000 resource persons participated in these camps. About
28000 scholarships for students in the age group of 17-22 years have been given
and about 2900 INSPIRE Fellows in the age group of 22 -27 years have been
enrolled so far. Finally, under the Faculty Award for Assured Career, 378
individuals have been awarded inspire faculty fellowship for initiating research
work in various universities/ academic institutions/ laboratories in the
The first component, viz INSPIRE Award, is implemented centrally through the
States/UTs. Under this scheme, during the five year period two students are
selected from each school of the country for an INSPIRE Award of Rs.5000/- each
for preparing a Science Project / Model. These awardees, who are students from
classes 6th to 10th, then participate in a three tier competition: District,
State and National Level. The projects exhibited are evaluated by a jury of
experts. All the 28 states and 7 UTs are participating in the scheme. The scheme
will continue in the 12th Five year Plan.
Merit based selection of students for INSPIRE Awards is done by the Head Master
/ Head Mistress / Principal of each school, who is required to send nomination
of best children, having aptitude for science, with all relevant details, to the
District Education Authorities, who will send these to DST through State
Education Authorities. All middle and high schools in the country, (having
classes 6th to 8th) including private schools, are eligible to participate in
Under the INSPIRE Award Scheme, large number of nominations, running into lakhs,
have to be processed for selection of the students for INSPIRE Award. DST plans
to e-manage the entire INSPIRE Award Scheme by using State-of-Art latest
Information Technology which would enable e-filing of nominations by the schools
across the country, its processing by the District and State authorities as well
as DST in accordance with the norms of the scheme, transmission of data of
selected students to the banks, credit of Award amount to the bank accounts of
selected Awardees (wherever notified) or preparation of INSPIRE Award Warrants
by the bank and their dispatch to the selected Awardees and all such related
activities concerning implementation of the scheme, management of the data,
generation of various MIS returns etc.
DLEPC: District Level Exhibition and Project Competition,
SLEPC: State Level Exhibition and Project Competition,
NLEPC: National Level Exhibition and Project Competition
"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the
torch which illuminates the world."
- Louis Pasteur