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  • 20 September, 2022

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The INSPIRE Awards - MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge) 9th National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC) recently began.

The INSPIRE Award is for innovation in science pursuit of inspired research.


  • It is being carried out by DST (Department of Science and Technology) in conjunction with National Innovation Foundation - India (NIF), an independent DST agency, and is in line with the "Start-up India" initiative.
  • In accordance with this, pupils are invited from all public and private schools nationwide, regardless of the educational boards (national and state).
  • They would receive financial assistance of Rs 10,000 each so they could create prototypes of the ideas they submitted for the program.
  • They then participated in the corresponding District Level Exhibition and Project Competition (DLEPC), State Level Exhibition and Project Competition (SLEPC), and eventually the National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC).
  • To inspire kids to think critically and innovate in the future.


  • To encourage a culture of creativity and inventive thinking among schoolchildren, we want to target one million unique ideas/innovations with scientific and societal implications.
  • To use science and technology to address societal challenges while fostering the development of tomorrow's sensitive, accountable, and innovative leaders.

How well do we understand the INSPIRE Scheme?

  • One of the Ministry of Science and Technology's premier initiatives is the INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) program.
  • Its goal is to inspire young people in the nation to pursue science in a creative way, to draw talent to the subject at a young age, and to create the crucial human resource pool needed to strengthen and grow the country's scientific and technology system and research and development foundation.
  • Since 2010, the INSPIRE program has been effectively implemented by the Indian government. The program has five components and is available to students between the ages of 10 and 32.
  • One of its elements is the MANAK category of the INSPIRE Awards.

What other initiatives are related to this?

Draft National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, 2020

  • In order to spur socio-economic development in the nation and increase the competitiveness of the Indian STI ecosystem on a global scale, it aims to identify and solve the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) ecosystem.


  • It is a program created specifically for female scientists to reduce gender disparity in science and engineering research in various S&T (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs at Indian academic institutions and Research and Development (R&D) laboratories.

Swarna Jayanti Fellowship:

  • This program offers specific help and support to a small group of promising young researchers so they can pursue fundamental studies in cutting-edge fields of science and technology.

Source: pib

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