Seven regional innovation science hubs for inventors

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New Delhi, May 22 (UNI) Seven regional innovation science hubs for inventors (RISHI) will be set up to promote scientific temper in the country, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal announced today.

The hubs will have a core set of common activities and one specialisation, and will be located in the hosts organisations-- progressive school, university (with a center for science education), science centre, science city, science-based voluntary organisation, society or foundation promoting science talent and bal bhavan, Mr Sibal said while felicitating eight young scholars.

''The structure will vary to allow for plurality so that effectiveness of RISHI can be assessed and the best model adopted for wide-scale replication,'' he said.

The core facility in each RISHI will address class XII level Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology.

Each of the centres will have the choice to select one or more of the subjects-- Robotics, Biotechnology, Ocean Sciences, Biomedical engineering, Agricultural and Rural Development, Science and Mass Communication, and Renewable Energy Sources and Applications.

The Minister also announced an art and drawing competition involving children below 12 years of age, which will be organised in partnership with Pidilite.

The eight scholars were felicitated for their innovative projects which won recognition for the country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the largest science competition for pre-college students, held this year at Atlanta, USA.

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