Harness inventions by students for development: Chandy
Inventions made by students in science and technology should be put to productive use for development of Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today.
Student projects worthy of adaptation by industry should be encouraged in association with the State Industries Department, he said while inaugurating the state-level contests of the 20th National Children's Science Congress, which is showcasing 68 outstanding scientific projects prepared by school students of Kerala.
Students should transform themselves from being employment seekers to employment providers and entrepreneurs, the Chief Minister said, reiterating that the government would give 20 per cent attendance and four per cent bonus marks for student entrepreneurs.
He added that student units would be given land, electricity and water at nominal rates for the first two years of operation.
Expressing concern over Kerala's power situation that has changed from one of surplus to a deficit state, Mr Chandy said Kerala should come up with more sources of generating energy. Solar and wind energy should be harnessed with the objective of attaining self-sufficiency in power. The 12th Plan has laid out cent per cent hike in power production, he pointed out.
The Chief Minister went to declare that the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) - the coordinating agency of Children's Science Congress (CSC) in Kerala - will take leadership of a new programme to develop scientific temperament among children.
One school from each educational district in the state will be identified for this purpose, he added.