Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a National Programme implemented by the Ministry for attraction of talent amongst students to study science and pursue career with research.
The basic objective of the programme is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitement of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the science and technology system and R&D base.
The programme was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 13th December 2008. The implementation started during 2009-10.
INSPIRE Programme covers students in the age group 10-32 years, and has five components:
INSPIRE Award (for 10-15 age group),
INSPIRE Internship at a science camp with opportunity for interaction with global science leaders (for 16-17 age group),
INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) @ Rs 80000/ per year for continuing education at B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels (for 17-22 age group),
INSPIRE Fellowship for doctoral research (for 22-27 age group) and
INSPIRE faculty for assured career opportunity (for 27-32 age group).