India, April 18, 2011
– Nine Indian students from different parts of the country, winners of the India Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS) will represent India at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held in Los Angeles, California from May 8-13. IRIS is a Public Private Partnership between DST, CII and Intel. The primary objective of IRIS is to promote and nurture science and scientific research amongst the young Indian innovators in Secondary and Higher Secondary schools.
These 9 students at ISEF will represent at the world’s largest pre-college science fair, and the only global science competition for students in grades 9-12. Bringing together more than 1600 young students from more than 60 countries, ISEF 2011 is an opportunity for the best young minds in the world to come together to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge projects, and compete for more than US $4 million in awards and scholarships. The Intel ISEF winners are selected based on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects.
Over 1300 IRIS project entries were received from across the country under 10 categories that included a range of solutions in the field of physical & life sciences, mathematics, engineering and social sciences. Out of these, 88 projects were showcased at IRIS 2010 held at the Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai, Maharashtra and six projects by 9 students were shortlisted to represent India at ISEF.
Commenting on the initiative, Hon’ble P K Bansal, Union Cabinet Minister - Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, and Parliamentary Affairs, said, “this initiative is a unique platform for our children to explore the possibilities of scientific research and innovation, giving them an opportunity to think out of the box; question; discover and analyze. It aims to infuse a spirit of discovery in school children, promote hands-on exploration and investigative learning in different areas of science and technology, and unearth innovative ideas that can change the world around us. I’m sure these talented students will do us proud at the International level.”
“These projects are an illustration of the scientific accomplishments and innovation that exists in this country, which highlight the incredible things that can happen when inspired ideas and the will to make them happen come together,” said Ashutosh Chadha, Director - Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia. “ISEF encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions through authentic research practices to solve the problems of tomorrow. We believe that today's youth are the country’s future innovators and a key to solving global challenges. .”
ISEF winners are chosen in several categories including behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, computer science, and engineering: materials & bioengineering, environmental sciences, medicine and health sciences, microbiology and many others. Projects are evaluated by more than 1200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or equivalent (six years of related professional experience) in one of the scientific disciplines, and include Nobel laureates and Intel fellows.