09-13 January 2018 at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai,
“Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research” (INSPIRE) is an innovative programme
initiated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, to attract talents to
the excitement and study of science at an early age. Under the purview of DST INSPIRE program,
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur is organizing a science camp
with an aim of attracting and motivating the young minds of India to mould their career for research
in the front line areas of science and technology. DST INSPIRE Science Camp will be conducted
during 09-13 January 2018 at SRMIST.
Students pursuing science in school at XI-XII standard during the academic year 2017-18 are
selected and shortlisted for the science camp if they had secured a minimum of 94.2% and above in
10 th Tamilnadu state board/Matriculation/CBSE-CGPA A1 in 10 th standard/ICSE-95% in 10 th
standard/AMU Board-86.6% in 10 th standard/Viswa Bharathi-95.1% in 10 th standard.
237 students are shortlisted for the participation in the science camp. The science camp will have
talks from eminent scientists, industrial visits, one to one student-mentor interactions, hands on
experience program, space workshop, science stage show, Quiz etc.
The convener, Dr. D. John Thiruvadigal, Dean (Sciences), SRMIST, Chennai, delivered the
welcome address. The presidential address was delivered by Dr. T. P. Ganesan, Pro-Vice
Chancellor (Planning and Development), SRMIST, Chennai. Dr. S. Balachandran, Director, Area
Cyclone Warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, inaugurated the science camp
and released a CD of “Collection of Feynman Lectures”, followed with the address by the Guest of
Honour, Dr. J. Daniel Chellappa, Senior Scientist, Technical Coordination Wing, Bhabha Atomic
Research Centre. Several mentors from premier institutions like, The Open University, Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes, UK, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai, Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) Tirupati, Tirupati, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, University of
Madras, Chennai, Bharathidasan University, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, Anna
University, Pondicherry University, interacted with students during the science camp.