Organization of INSPIRE Internship Science Camps 

Goal:

“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.

A striking feature of the programme is that it does not believe in conducting competitive exams for identification of talent at any level. It believes in and relies on the efficacy of the existing educational structure for identification of talent.

Organizing Science Camps under INSPIRE Internship, a component of INSPIRE Programme

One of the components of “Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent for Science (SEATS)” is INSPIRE Internship in which annually about 50,000 students of top 1% performers in Class X board examinations and pursuing science at higher Secondary level are being given an exposure with leaders in science in the Summer/Winter camps to experience the joy of innovations. These Science Camps essentially nourish the curiosity of children in science; help them to think out of the box and attract the students at an early age of 16 – 17 years (i.e. in XI standard) to enroll in science subjects.

Dayanand Science College has the privilege of organizing INSPIRE Science Internship Camps for the last three consecutive years. In all up till now 7 camps were organized and 1900 students benefited by these camps. The camps are meant for science students of class XI. These were fully sponsored five-day residential science camps  were a golden opportunity for the students to personally interact with various Academy Fellows, Bhatnagar Awardees and Scientists of National and International repute. It included lectures related to scientific success stories and the joys of innovations across all science streams, CD shows, round table discussions, experiment sessions, creative poster competitions, seminars, science quiz and field visits. Selected candidates for the camp were accommodated in our campus. The participating students were provided free transportation, local hospitality, related study materials, educational and registration kits. A certificate of participation and a take-home experiment kit were given to the students at the end of the five-day Science Internship Camp.

Funding Agency: 

Department of Science and Technology sanctioned total amount 1,13,75,000/- for these seven camps.

  •  Dayanand  Science College has successfully conducted 4 science camps in the span of one and half  year  as follows :
Camp Duration       No of Students
 I   Camp 01 – 04 Nov 2010 150
II  Camp 01 – 04 Jun  2011 150
III  Camp 01 – 04 Dec 2011 150
IV  Camp 10 – 14 Mar 2012 300
V   Camp 21 – 25 Jun  2012 400
VI   Camp 19 – 23 Nov 2012 400
VII Camp 06 – 11 Nov 2013 300
  • —  About 1750 aspiring students have been participated from XI Science having percentages in the range of 90 % to 100 %.
  • —  The activities involving hands on experience like Telescopic viewing of Moon’s Surface, Satellites of Jupiter’s  and many more is facilitated to enrich their knowledge and practical experience is included.
  • —  The Daily News of the camp activities has been covered and published by the representatives of State Level and Local Newpapers like LOKMAT, SAKAL, EKMAT, SAMNA, LOKPATRA and many more
  • —  All the expenses for organising the camps were spent with accountability and as per the guidelines of DST, New Delhi.
  • —  The Camps were designed in, such a way that the participants feels the joy of studying basic sciences with guidelines of DST, New Delhi.
  • —  The camps were absolutely residential in nature, even the local candidates were also not allowed to go home. So that, they may feel themselves an integral part of these camps.
  • —  The basic segment of the camps include Lecture-cum-interactive sessions by the competent Mentors in their subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics, Earth Science, Geology, Space Science, Nanotechnology, Medical Science, Astrophysics etc.
  • The camps environment was full of positive energy amongst students and organizer’s, everybody in the camp felt rejuvenated.
  • The students were very anxious to ask questions to Mentor’s and nullify their doubts.
  • The parent’s of the participating students were also invited to interact with Mentor’s and Organizers in extra session.
  • A test has been conducted to evaluate the students at the end of the camp.
  • The Mentor’s were willing themselves to join in the another camps.
  • Every participant has earned a Life-Time experience.
  • The participating students were enriched with the knowledge of the other fields to make their career in Basic sciences.
  • The students had improved their interest in Basic Science subjects and scored good marks in XII Board Examinations.
  • They had been inspired for “not to seek more jobs but to provide more jobs.”
  • They came to know that there are many more opportunities in other fields also to choose their career instead of Medical & Engineering only.
  • Majority of the participants plans to rethink their future career plans.
  • The parent’s of the participating students were also invited to interact with Mentor’s and Organizers in extra session in every Camp.
  • The Oral and Poster presentation competition is introduced in the schedule which leads to collect information on the subject and confidence in presentation. The toppers in such competitions are also awarded by prizes from Vigyan Prasar, New Delhi.
  • A test has been conducted to evaluate the students at the end of the camp.
  • The Mentor’s were willing themselves to join in the another camps.
  • Every participant has earned a Life-Time experience.

Mentors Invited from :
=> Indian Insitute of Science, Banglore.
=> Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
=> National Geographical Research Institute, Hyderabad
=> National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.
=> Natonal Physical Laboratory, New Delhi.
=> Vigyan Prasar, New Delhi.
=> IISER, Pune
=> Birla Institute of Technology, Kolkata.
=> University of Pune, Pune.
=> Homi Bhabha Council for Science Education, Mumbai
=> Nehru Science Center, Mumbai

Outcome of the Camp :
=> The participating students were enriched with the knowledge of the other fields to make their career in Basic sciences.
=> The students had improved their interest in Basic Science subjects and 95 students scored marks above 90 % in XII Board Examinations.
=> They had been inspired for “not to seek more jobs but to provide more jobs.”
=> They came to know that there are many more opportunities in other fields also to choose their career instead of Medical & Engineering only.
=> Majority of the participants plans to rethink their future career plans.
=> The participating students have developed scientific attitude and thinking towards the application of knowledge.
=> The trend of group discussions towards any problem is encouraged.
=> Individual thinking ability is encouraged.
=> The students get inspired for deep studies and thorough knowledge from this camp.

Achievements :
=> 336 students were qualified for “INSPIRE SHE” scholarship in the academic year 2010-11 from our college.
=> 310 students were qualified for “INSPIRE SHE” scholarship in the academic year 2011-12 from our college.
=> 242 students were qualified for “INSPIRE SHE” scholarship in the academic year 2012-13 from our college.
=> 4 students are elligible to receive SHE scholarship in the academic year 2012-13 from our college

 

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