Raipur, Apr 17
As many as 55,565 innovative ideas were submitted by school students of Chhattisgarh for Inspire MANAK awards which is the third highest in the country and out of these 3391 ideas were selected for the awards. Chhattisgarh School Education Principal Secretary Dr Alok Shukla has received a letter regarding the development from Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology. Meanwhile, Dr Shukla has congratulated the entire team of Chhattisgarh for this achievement. Sharma also congratulated the Government of Chhattisgarh particularly the officers of Department of School Education and Principals of schools for their hard work and support to INSPIRE Awards – MANAK Scheme.
Talking to The Hitavada, Dr Shukla said that the awards can be considered as first in the country if population of other states is taken into account. MANAK awards to 3391 ideas from Chhattisgarh are not a small thing considering the population of the state, said Dr Shukla on Thursday.
It is worthwhile to mention, the Department of Science and Technology is successfully implementing the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge) Scheme to attract and motivate students in the age group of 10 and 15 years and studying in class 6-10 to become critical thinkers and future innovators. The objective of the scheme is to select, provide support and reward one lakh original ideas/innovations rooted in science and societal application to foster a culture of creativity and innovative thinking among school children.
To further improve the quality of ideas /innovations, the department is initiating a Teachers Training programme to be implemented in all states and UTs, Sharma wrote to Dr Shukla. In this regard, Dr Sanjay Mishra, Advisor, DST and Dr Vipin Kumar, Director, National Innovation Foundation will be contacting the Department of School Education, Sharma wrote in his letter to Dr Shukla while seeking support in making the programme a grand success and for training of teachers to better understand and nurture a culture of creativity and innovation amongst young students.
Raipur, Apr 17