New Delhi, Jul 28: The government may rename the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan after former President A P J Abdul Kalam, with HRD Minister Smriti Irani today stating that "I wish his name is associated with the programme" he had launched earlier this month.
"I wish his name is associated with the programme as he had himself come forward to inaugurate the programme to encourage students to take up science, technology and mathematics... In the coming years we will try to encourage children to innovate through science and technology," HRD Minister Smriti Irani told reporters here.
Kalam fell sick while addressing students of IIM-Shillong yesterday and passed away in the evening. Addressing the students during the launch of Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan here on July 9, Kalam had laid stress on developing four qualities of uniqueness such as "great aim, quest of knowledge, hard work, and perseverance".
He had also emphasised on attaching the highest value to science and the value of learning.
Under Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, government schools will be mentored by institutes like IITs, IIMs, IISERs, central universities and reputed organisations through innovative programmes, student exchanges, demonstrations, student visits, etc., to develop a natural sense of passion towards learning of science and maths.
Irani had proposed to set up 'model science labs' across the country, beginning with the North East region under the mission during its launch.