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    17 November 2011

    103 Projects to be showcased at IRIS 2011

    Students display research-based solutions competing for the ultimate prize
    Intel India today inaugurated the 2011 Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS) event, which seeks to nurture innovative problem solving and a systematic approach to experimental science. The event, held at the Punjab Education College in Chandigarh, Punjab, was presided over by Prof. P.T. Manoharan,  Sir C.V. Raman Chair of the School of Sciences, IGNOU; Dr. D.K. Pandey from Department of Science and Technology (DST);  and Ashutosh Chadha, Director, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia.
    IRIS 2011 showcased 103 projects selected from over 1,100 projects across the country that will vie for national honors. The Projects included innovations across 10 categories: Behavioral Sciences, Bio-chemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Zoology.
    The four-day IRIS 2011 event aims to promote and nurture science and scientific research amongst young Indian innovators, recognizing and rewarding outstanding projects, and winners will be eligible to represent India at the 2012 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). This year, ISEF brought together more than 1,500 high school students selected from 443 affiliate fairs in 65 countries, regions and territories to share ideas, showcase research and inventions, and compete for more than US$4 million worth of prizes and scholarships.
    “It’s an inspiration to see these young geniuses apply their ample creativity and come up with such extraordinary innovative solutions,” said Prof. P.T. Manoharan. “There is no doubt that science & technology can play a pivotal role to motivate students and empower them with opportunities for their personal growth and future careers.”
    Commenting on IRIS, Ashutosh Chadha, Director, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia, said: “The young innovators competing at IRIS have developed an exciting range of projects. The aim of IRIS is to empower these students and to emphasize the incredible things that can happen when creative ideas and willpower come together. At Intel, we encourage continuous research and development to create opportunities, especially for the student community, so we can nurture them to be the leaders of tomorrow.”
    IRIS is an initiative that began in 2006 in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India,  CII and Intel. The initiative is a merger of Intel’s `Science Talent Discovery Fair’ and DST’s `Steer the Big Idea’ event. The objective of IRIS is to promote and nurture science and scientific research amongst young Indian innovators in secondary and higher secondary schools. This is done by recognizing and rewarding outstanding research-based projects. The programme offers a platform for participating students to interact with some of the best scientific minds in the country, who are involved as judges, and to hone their scientific talent. It also provides a public platform to recognize students who excel in science and scientific concepts.
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