Young Talents at IISF’s ‘INSPIRE’ exhibition display vast range of science models

New Delhi, Dec 6: No less than 750 budding scientists from across the country converged today in the national capital to exhibit their innovative project models, as the ongoing first India International Science Festival (IISF) is hosting the 5th National Level Exhibition & Project Competition of INSPIRE as part of the five-day event that began on December 4.

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), a programme of the Department of Science and Technology which is a key organiser of the pioneering five-day event, features students of Classes VI to X showcasing their science projects, much to the curiosity of visitors thronging their individual stalls at IIT Delhi.

Having made it to the IISF after selection based on state-level competitions, 60 of the projects at the venue here were shortlisted by jurists Saturday evening. Of these, the top three will be awarded on Sunday.

Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan, who inaugurated the ‘INSPIRE’ presentations on Saturday morning, took a round of the stalls, interacting with young students and learning about their models.

“Quite a few of the ideas are impressive,” he said. “It is great to note that their innovations also stem from the aim of improve day-to-day life of the common people.”

A chunk of the 753 exhibits are basically themed on energy conservation, lowering cost of household and farming devices, water-harvesting, curbing road accidents, simple anti-terror gadgets, better waste management, stemming atmospheric and water pollution, robotics and application of scientific laws.

For instance, Telangana teenager M. Shilpa has come up with a model that shows how sensors safely buried below urban roads ahead of busy junctions can sound quick alerts on passage of bomb-carrying vehicles above them.

Up north, Zulfa Iqbal of a Srinagar school has displayed a machine that will cut short the time to make the famed numdah rugs of the Kashmir Valley to just seven minutes instead of a whole day’s manual labour. Two boys from the Andaman & Nicobar Islands have developed a spy car that can go deep into otherwise inaccessible forest and return with video and still visuals.

How human urine can simply converted into an effective organic fertiliser is the focus of a little scientist from Palanpur in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district. Diagonally opposite, from the east, ‘Common Balance for the Blind Grocer’ is the item presented by Sima Pal from near Malda of Bengal region. Still farther, from the Northeast, a customised power loom invented by a Manipuri student from Bishnupur is along equipment displayed by children from Sikkim and Nagaland of the region.

Novel ways of conserving water is among the themes of items from the desert state of Rajasthan, while students from hilly Himachal Pradesh have devised apparatus that can handle disaster management better. If a head motion-controlled wheelchair is on display from a Chandigarh student, a boy from Angul district of Odisha has come up with a theft-proof motorbike.

East-central India’s Jharkhand has class X boy Pranav Kumar with the model of a train where passengers can board and get down at stations without it stopping, thus saving the energy lost over restarting the engine. Down south, Kerala’s Devang M of Mattannur has modelled a boat that can withstand sinking.

IISF 2015, hosted by IIT Delhi from December 4-8, is organised by the Ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati, the largest science movement in the country.  The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) is the nodal agency for the event.

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