To cultivate scientific temperament among students and promote innovative ideas, the Uttar Pradesh government is nurturing green horns in new age technologies.
These technologies include Artificial Intelligence (AI), block chain, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) etc.
Taking the agenda forward, the council of science & technology (CST) organised the first UP State Level Science Model Competition in Lucknow yesterday. Now, the event will be an annual affair.
Recently, the CST announced to invest Rs 14 crore in 109 research proposals pertaining to cutting edge technologies.
Meanwhile, the competition encompassed display of about 33 models on cutting edge technologies viz. AI, robotics, machine learning, IoT, aquaphonics, sensor technology etc by students from across the districts.
These models, by grassroots innovators such as farmers, sculptors, labourers etc, offered practical solutions to common day-to-day problems.
The young scientists and innovators were felicitated by UP minister of science & technology Yogendra Upadhyaya.
According to UP principal secretary, science & technology, Narendra Bhooshan, the participating students vied for recognition in the competition based on the theme ‘Global Science For Global Wellbeing’.
Earlier, a District Level Science Model Competition was organised in all 75 districts of UP. Later, the winners participated in the commissionerate level competitions in all the 18 commissionaires.
The Council also organised innovation awareness programmes and exhibitions all over the state to identify and encourage grassroots innovators.
The Council identifies and provides guidance and technical support to innovators. Most of the innovators from the unorganised sector are farmers, mechanics, labourers or sculptors.
Bhooshan said the Council also helps students and innovators commercialise their innovations.
Meanwhile, the technical evaluation committee consisted of professors from various engineering/medical institutions.