"INSPIRE"ing the Future of Science

It all starts from inspiration. That was the aim of the INSPIRE Science Camp, organized by National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, to encourage and motivate young minds of the country to strive for a fruitful future. This annual event, is a part of the initiative by the Government of India, in order to attract young minds and boost scientific research in the country.

The camp was funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, in order to induct fresh minds and new ideas into the various fields of science. The camp was organized for the students who passed their matriculation examination this year. Selected students, the toppers of their respective schools, participated in the 5 day camp. The camp consisted of lectures by eminent personalities in their fields of study. The students also got the opportunity to visit the laboratories and various facilities available at NIT Rourkela and Rourkela Steel Plant. 

The camp was inaugurated on 29th November, 2014 in the august presence of Mr G S Prasad, CEO, Rourkela Steel Plant. The evening was brought alive by a brilliant performance by Synergy, the dance club of NIT Rourkela. The entire Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium reverberated to the enthralling performance. 

The next day, the students got the opportunity to attend the lecture on “Cryogenics” by our Director Prof Sunil Kumar Sarangi. The students also got the opportunity to interact with him and had their doubts clarified. The evening was a festive affair with the participants of the camp enjoying to their hearts’ content with the cultural activities by their fellow participants. 

 On the third day, they were given guidance on career Opportunity and Higher education in Basic Sciences by Prof V Sivakumar. Then the students were addressed by Prof Vasantha Ramaswamy, the new Chairperson of the Board of Governors, NIT Rourkela. 

On the fourth day, the lecture was given on “Lord of the Rings: Rise of Carbon” by Prof Chandrashekhar, Director, NISER, Bhubaneswar.  The next lecture was given by Prof Vijayalakshmi on “Advancements in Food Science and Technology”. The final lecture of the day was on “Superconductivity for understanding” by Prof D Behera, Department of Physics and Astronomy, NIT Rourkela. The students also got the opportunity to use the telescopes which was facilitated by the Astro Club of NIT Rourkela.  

The last lecture of the camp was given by Padmashree Prof N Vedachalam, ex-Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre on “Challenges and breakthrough in Indian Mars orbiter mission” and “Launch Vehicles of ISRO: Past, Present & Future”. The students were enlightened on several achievements of ISRO and also on various cutting edge technology used today in space exploration.  The students were very excited at the prospect of meeting such an eminent personality and participated in the interactive session enthusiastically. Later, that afternoon, certificates of participation was awarded to all the participants and the volunteers. 

Apart from lectures, the students were given opportunity to visit several laboratory facilities of the institute in various departments. The students visited the Low Temperature Physics Lab, XRD Lab, Polymer Physics and soft matter Lab, Chemistry lab, Cell and Molecular Biology lab, Food Microbiology and Bioprocess Lab, Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Biomedical and bio transport lab, Robotics Lab, Materials Lab and labs at Department of Humanities and Department of Chemical Engineering. 

The camp was a spectacular success with participation of over 280 students from 20+ schools from all over Odisha. Conducted by NIT Rourkela for the second time in a row, the event is improving year upon the year. 

Team MM congratulates the entire organizing team on conducting this inspiring event and wishes all the best for the future.