The 8th National Level Exhibition and Project Competition NLEPC for the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge began on Saturday. It is showcasing the innovative ideas from 581 students representing various States and UTs of the country.
Secretary, Department of Science and Technology Dr. Renu Swarup congratulated all participants and said that the country has created a robust ecosystem to nurture creativity of young innovators. She said, there is a huge opportunity for the young innovators to demonstrate their inherent potential. Ms Swarup said, the whole purpose of the program is to ignite a million young minds, making them part of the larger innovation-driven science and technology development within the country.
The eighth edition of NLEPC corresponds to the students selected under INSPIRE Awards – MANAK program during Financial Year 2019-20 and owing to COVID-19, it was deferred last year. More than one thousand students attended the online programme, which will continue for five days starting today.
The award ceremony of the 8th NLEPC of the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK will be held in a virtual mode on 8th of this month wherein Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh will give away the awards to the creative children of the country.
The exhibition which features the best of the innovative ideas from over 3 lakh 92 thousand ideas and innovations received at the beginning of the season is open to all and can be accessed by visiting nlepc.nif.org.in between 4th to 8th September 2021.
The INSPIRE Awards – MANAK scheme is aligned with the Start-up India initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The scheme aims to motivate students in the age group of 10 to 15 years and studying in classes 6 to 10 to become future innovators and critical thinkers.