CM to give away Pratibha science scholarships on Mar 14
Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 12 : Signalling rising interest for science research among girl students, 91 per cent of girls will receive the Prathibha Merit Scholarships instituted by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) to promote learning in Basic/Natural Sciences.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will give away the Prathibha Scholarships for 2012-13 to selected 82 students, including 75 girls, at a function to be held at 1100 hrs on March 14, in the presence of Executive Vice President, KSCSTE VN Rajasekharan Pillai.
To mark the contribution of women in science, KSCSTE is also celebrating the occasion as International Women's Day, in line with the United Nations' accepted theme of 'The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum'.
Women achievers in science and women scientists who have received Best Paper and Young Scientist Awards of KSCSTE in 2012-2013, will share their experiences with the young aspirants and enlighten students on career opportunities and choicest areas in research.
Technical paper presentations on environmentally-safe pesticide from mushrooms, interactive news reading system and dielectric ceramic material for wireless communication, among others, will follow the inaugural session.
The KSCSTE Pratibha Scholarship aims to identify and nurture a core group of students to pursue higher studies in Basic and Natural Sciences (BSc Degree/Integrated MSc Degree course) at Universities or institutions in India.
Students of Indian origin, with no less than 90 per cent marks or equivalent grade in Higher Secondary Examination were deemed eligible to apply for the award of the Scholarship. The students were ranked based on the marks secured in the Higher Secondary Examination in science subjects earned from any of the boards of education - CBSE, State Board or CISCE - from Kerala.
Ms Rosmi Abraham, BSc (Physics) student at Sacred Heart College, Thevara in Cochin has topped the list of scholarship winners after securing 100 per cent marks in her Higher Secondary Examination from St George HSS, Muthalakodam, Thodupuzha, Idukki. Dr KR Lekha, Head, Women Scientists Division, KSCSTE; Prof J Letha, Director, Technical Education and Ms BG Sreedevi, Director, NATPAC will speak on the occasion.