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National Girl Child Day: Jitendra Singh interacts with achievers in science and tech- 25-Jan-2022

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New Delhi: On the occasion of National Girl Child Day, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday interacted with girls who have excelled in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

Union Science and Technology Minister Singh said several government schemes are instilling confidence among children to think innovatively, look for out-of-the-box solutions for different problems and to break the barriers of the past to undertake unconventional initiatives.

He stressed upon sustainable start-ups with viable livelihood linkage and new vocational opportunities.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's exhortation that "innovation is the key to realising the dream of new India," Singh reiterated all government support and help to young achievers and said empowerment of girls will lead to a better tomorrow.

During the online interaction, Digantika Bose, first-year B.Sc student from Bengaluru, said that she had developed a virus destroying mask which was preventive against the coronavirus also and the project was shared with the Department of Science & Technology.

She sought the minister's help to market the mask, to which he promised her to help undertake an evidence-based trial before its marketing.

Manisha Ramola, first-year B.Sc student from Uttarakhand, has developed an Al-based solution designed to provide in-depth information on medicinal leaves and herbs with just a single image. 

The minister complimented her for coming up with an innovation that combined ancient herbal medicine knowledge of the Himalayas with the futuristic concept of Artificial Intelligence.

Nishi Goswami from Panna in Madhya Pradesh demonstrated to the minister an Al-based Chatbot that provides consultation services like a doctor and answers health or medical queries to a user. 

The minister brought to her notice that she had developed an AI-based interface between the patient and doctor. The same could be extended and linked with telemedicine.

Vinisha Umashankar from Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu presented her solar ironing cart, while Manya Joshi, Class 12 student from Delhi, initiated a forecasting project for natural disasters.

Anushka Shrivastava, Class 12 student from Bhopal, came up with an eco-friendly water bottle.

Singh said that the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Earth Sciences will take all steps for fruition of innovative ideas and asked them to fully associate themselves to take all help and support. The minister noted with appreciation that young daughters of India are taking a lead in scientific innovations.

Singh said the Ministry of Science and Technology has taken several steps to popularise science stream at higher secondary level among girl students. Referring to the DST's new programme 'Vigyan Jyoti' in the year 2019-20 to encourage meritorious girl students of Class 9-12 to pursue education and career in science and technology particularly in the areas where women are under-represented, he said, at present, the programme is implemented in 100 districts of the country.

Similarly, the minister pointed out that the MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge) Awards Programme under the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research' (INSPIRE) scheme targets to generate one million original ideas/innovations rooted in science and societal applications to foster a culture of creativity and innovative thinking among school children specially between Classes 6 to 10.

He informed that in the year 2020-2021, it brought 6.53 lakh ideas from more than 2 lakh middle and high schools across the country and the best of them were short-listed and showcased at district, state and then at the national level exhibition and project competition. 


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