Haryana Government has decided to increase the number of Science Clubs being operated in Sanskriti Schools from 20 to 200 to scale up the interest of youth in science and technology. Stating this at Chandigarh yesterday evening, Science and Technology Minister Anil Vij said that financial assistance to these Clubs will also be enhanced from 15,000 to 50,000 rupees. He said that directions have been given to enhance the amount of Haryana Vigyan Ratna and Haryana Yuva Vigyan Ratna Awards to bring them at par with Central Government.
He said that a new projector would be installed at the Department-run Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium, Kurukshetra at a cost of about 1.5 crore to two crore rupees. Mr. Vij said that financial assistance of up to 10 lakh rupees would be provided for research and development projects in science. Apart from this, gold, silver and bronze medal winners of senior category in international-level Science Olympiad would be given Rs five lakh, Rs three lakh and Rs two lakh, respectively.
Participants in this category would be given Rs one lakh. Similarly, gold, silver and bronze medal winners of junior category would be given Rs 2.5 lakh, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs one lakh, where as participants would be given Rs 50,000.
He said that facility of tissue culture laboratory is being provided by the Department in Hisar for convenience of farmers. Lakhs of plants would be prepared in this laboratory and supplied to the farmers. The officers have been directed to prepare new schemes to present science and technology as an attractive field to the students and to organise seminars at school, college and university levels for this purpose.