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Intel Honours innovative young scientists.

Byline: ANI

Kolkota, Dec 6 (ANI/Business Wire India): In its third consecutive year, Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS), India's largest science initiative for students and a government and private partnership between Department of Science and Technology (DST), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Intel, was scheduled from December 4-6 in Kolkata.

IRIS, which promotes innovation with students in science and technology, concluded today with the announcement of the winners (refer the attached document).

This year, with more than 1000 project entries from school students across the country, the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) of IRIS shortlisted 100 best projects for final assessment.

Commenting on the success of IRIS 2008, Praveen Vishakantaiah, President, Intel India said, "IRIS has been created to ignite the appetite of our youth for innovation and nurture scientific temperament among the young Indians. We are pleased to see the success IRIS had this year and we believe that these young innovative minds will drive our country in the future course of time, much ahead of the rest of the world".

Talking about the efforts undertaken for IRIS, Dr. D.K. Pandey, NCSTC Department of Science and Technology said, "The key to learning is in applying the concepts to a real life problem. It not only nurtures curiosity, but it also satiates ones creative abilities. It was really difficult for the Scientific Review Committee this year to select the winners because of the superior quality entries. We are on the right track here and hope to enlarge our reach in the next edition of this competition"

Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar, Deputy Director, Space Application centre, ISRO (Chandrayaan - I Team) said, "I am thrilled with the quality of projects for IRIS 2008. I am sure that IRIS is committed to groom the future of the country, empowering/supporting them to reach newer heights in the field of science and research - future owners of proud programs like Chandrayaan - I. These young and innovative brains have the ability to be rated among the best in the future."

The IRIS is a merger of two programs, 'Intel's Science Talent Discovery Fair' and DST-CII's 'Steer the Big Idea'. This year, participants in two categories are eligible for participation. The first category involves participation from students in 5th to 8th standard (under the age of 13 yrs) and the second category involves 9th to 12th standard students (under the age of 20 yrs).

This is a unique platform in India to provide stimulation and encouragement to young scientists in the making and Intel is proud to be involved in this exciting educational program. This is Intel's way of nurturing bright young minds so that they can shine in future. (ANI)

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