Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research Programme

Innovation of Science Pursuit for Inspire Research (INSPIRE) is one such innovative scheme 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.

INSPIRE Scheme has included three programs and five components. They are i) Scheme for Early Attraction of Talents for Science (SEATS), b) Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) and c) Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC).The schematic diagram of the programme is shown below

Government of India approved this Scheme in November 2008 at a total cost of Rs 1979.25 crores in the 11th Plan Period and Hon'ble Prime Minister launched the Program on 13th December 2008. The Scheme with all the components is continuing in 12th Plan (2012-2017) at a total allocation of Rs.2200 crores. The Scheme has achieved the desired targets of enrolment of students in all 5 components by FY 2013-14.

For details on i) INSPIRE-Awards ,click here:

For ii) INSPIRE Programme (4 other Components) ,click here:

For more information contact:

Ms Anita Chauhan (For INSPIRE Awards)
Joint Secretary
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110016
Tel: 011-26516077
TelFax:011-26516077

Dr. A. Mukhopadhyay (For INSPIRE Program & Other 4 Components)
Scientist - G
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110016
Tel: 011-26590445
TelFax:011-26602193
Email:tsd[at]nic[dot]in