A two-day workshop cum mentoring programme kicks off at the Gandhi Bhawan University of Kashmir in which INSPIRE Awardees of JK State and teachers from different districts of JK participated.
Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University Prof. Talat Ahmad presided over the inaugural function of the Workshop.
The statement said that innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Scheme is one of the flagship programmes of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India.
“The Scheme covers students in the age group of 10-32 years and has five components. The first component, INSPIRE Award-(MANAK) is being executed by National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF) and to motivate students in the age group of 10-15 years and studying in the class 6-10 to pursue science and career in research,” it said.
“The objective of the scheme is to target one million ideas/innovations rooted in science and societal application to foster the culture of creativity and innovative thinking among school children. This will help address societal needs through science & technology and nurture them to become sensitive and responsible citizens,” the statement added.
The statement said that thirteen ideas/Innovations from Jammu & Kashmir state were shortlisted through state-level exhibition & Project Competition (SLEPC) under INSPIRE scheme in the state of J&K for National Level Project Competition ( NLEPC) to be conducted in New Delhi.
“In the whole process NIF/GIANCell-JK, University of Kashmir, was part of the implementing agency in the district and state level competitions to shortlist the innovations,” it said.
“The objective of the two-day Workshop is to facilitate the INSPIRE innovators to interact with the experts and mentors so as to add value to their innovations for better competition at the national level competition,” it added.
While delivering the inaugural address, Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, KU, said that a strong innovation eco-system is crucial for economic growth of the country. He said that the University of Kashmir will do everything needed to strengthen the innovation infrastructure in the State. He congratulated the students and the organizers for organizing the mentorship programme despite the unfavorable situation in the Valley.
Prof. Ghulam Mohiuddin Bhat, Chairman NIF Cell, while welcoming the participants, highlighted the role of the University to strengthen an innovation eco-system in the State.
He said that the University has acquired a leadership role in the region but more needs to be done to establish infrastructure for innovation facilitation through the University.
Dr Abid, Joint Director, Directorate of Education signified the role of his Directorate to facilitate the students in the area of innovation. He said that modern society is the age of innovation and only those societies will progress where the education system is based on innovation eco-system.
“The team of mentors for the two Day Workshop included Prof. Mohammed Hanief from NIT, Srinagar, and Dr Shabir Ahmad Parah, Er Raouful Alam, Er Junaid Masoodi from the University of Kashmir,” the statement said.