MHRD: ‘STARS’ Scheme Launched for funding science projects worth ₹250 crore on National Science Day

On the occasion of National Science Day, the Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched Scheme for Translational and Advanced Research in Science (STARS) scheme worth ₹250 crore for funding 500 science projects.

The 500 science projects will be shortlisted on the basis of competition. The competition for shortlisting 500 science projects will be headed or coordinated under the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The aspiring candidates will be required to submit their applications for appearing for the competition. The applications will be released in April 2019. The HRD Minister tweeted to inform people about the competition and the application process.

The National Science Day is celebrated every year on February 28, 2019, giving tribute to Sir C.V. Raman, an Indian physicist and Nobel winner. He received his Nobel prize in 1930 for his ‘Raman effect’ which revealed that ‘scattering’ of light occurs when it passes through molecules.

Yesterday, February 27, 2019, it was reported that MHRD in collaboration with National Skill Ministry and Labour and employment Ministry jointly launched Scheme for Higher Education Youth for Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS), a web portal that provides internships to non-technical students.

They also announced that SHREYAS will introduce professional courses which would include 1000 hours of extra curriculum, out of which 250 hours will be allocated to soft and ICT skilling each and rest 500 hours to the specialized skill course. The courses will be introduced from this academic session of 2019-20.

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