Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has felicitated national science talents of the year 2016-17. The minister awarded the winners with mementoes and certificates.
Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) – National Science Talent Search for Future India was conducted across the country jointly by Vigyan Prasar and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA). Vigyan Prasar is an autonomous institution under Department of Science & Technology and National Council of Education and Research Training (NCERT) – Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Around 1.4 lakh students from class VI-XI of 1472 schools from across the country participated in the exam. Out of this 2400 students were declared as state level winners. Of these 2400 students, 264 students through 20 camps were selected as national level winners. The national level winners have undergone a two-day national camp at IIT Delhi. An academic committee of eminent scientists has selected 18 students as national science talents of the year and named them as “HIMALAYANS”.
The programme’s major objective is to evolve student’s affinity towards science and encourage them to take science as their future career. Two books namely “Biography of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam” and “Indian contributions to Science from Tradition to Modern” are published by VIBHA as the study material for the enrolled students of Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan.
While speaking at the event, the Minister suggested students to follow their passion as it will help them to reach the destination they want in life. He said, “Talent, dedication, determination to work hard and discipline is the key to the success.” He also congratulated the proud parents of the students and asked them to motivate their children for their bright future.