18 Sep :The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today gave its approval for initiation of the new Programme “Scholarship for higher Education (SHE)” – a component of “Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)” at a total cost of Rs. 820 crores including Rs. 20 crores as implementation cost during the 11th Plan period.
It will strengthen the innovation infrastructure of the country by promoting human resource development.The “Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)” will be operational from the year 2008-09. SHE aims to enhance the number of Attachment of talented youth to undertake higher education in science intensive programmes by providing scholarships and mentoring through summer attachment to performing researchers. The main feature of the scheme is in mentorship support being planned for every scholar through INSPIRE scholarship.
“Innovation in Science for Inspire Research (INSPIRE)” is one such innovative programmes proposed by the Department of Science & Technology for attraction of talent to science. The basic objective of INSPIRE would be to communicate to the youth population of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science and attract talent to the study of science at an early stage and build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R&D base.