Annual Report 13-14

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Annual Report 2013 – '14

Department of Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka established Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) vide MemorandumNo. ST 02 STS 2012 Dated November 22, 2012 with the following objectives:

• To serve as a mechanism to support the Department of Science & Technology in the preparation and implementation of its policy initiatives and act as a nodal agency for channelizing funding programs of the department.

• To coordinate all science and technology related activities which are catalysed and supported by Department of Science & Technology and identify priority areas of science and technology which are useful for long term development of the state so as to develop core competency in such areas.

• To act as a nodal agency for the development of nano park and extend necessary support for promotion of nano science and technology and encourage investors and entrepreneurs.

• To co-ordinate and liaise with organisations of Government of India in working out collaborative and joint programmes in the field of science and technology.

• To organise, sponsor conferences, exhibitions, fairs, campaigns and symposia towards development of science and technology.

Governing Body of this autonomous society is chaired by the Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Bio Technology and Science & Technology, while Special Director (Technical), DST is the Member Secretary. The Governing Body has a total of nine members.

This society was registered as an autonomous body as per the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960 on February 4, 2013 and is functioning at the premises of Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat, Vijnana Bhavan, 24/2, 21st Main Road, Near BDA Complex, Banashankari 2nd Stage Bangalore 560070.

Important programs that have been co-ordinated by KSTePS are as follows:

Karnataka – Israel R & D (KIRD) Program

Government of Karnataka entered into a bilateral agreement with Israel for cooperation in the field of industrial and technological research and development, which is referred to as Karnataka –Israel Research & Development (KIRD) program on March 21, 2013 with the goal of supporting joint industrial R&D projects between Israeli and Karnataka-based companies. This agreement will be promoted and implemented by Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) and Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST), autonomous organisations under the Department of Science and Technology on behalf of Government of Karnataka, while MATIMOP – Israeli Industry Centre for R&D on behalf of Govt. of Israel. A workshop was organised on May 7, 2013. Based on the recommendations of the workshop, proposals were invited from Industries in Karnataka, which are involved in R&D activities.

The first call for the proposal was announced on 17th June 2013, with the call open for 3 months. Against this call, 10 project proposals were received from different fields like aerospace, clean technology, life science, medical devices, e-learning, internet etc.

All the project proposals were evaluated by experts in the relevant field and further presented to the Screening Committee with all technical and budget details. After evaluation, the Screening Committee shortlisted 4 proposals. These selected proposals will be further discussed at the Joint Committee, which will have representation from both GoK and MATIMOP.

Special Development Plan (SDP) 

KSTePS has been coordinating the implementation of Special Development Plan (SDP) of the Department. A total of 15 agencies have been involved in implementing the following SDP programs:

​Sl. No.​Implementing AgencyProgram
1Karnataka Science and Technology Academy (KSTA)KSTA SDP Fellowship
Karnataka Science and Technology Conference
2Agastya International Foundation through KSTAScience Centres at High Schools
Lab-in-box for High Schools
Mobile Science Exhibition
3Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat (KRVP)Pragatigagi Vijnana (Science for Progress)
4Karnataka State Council for Science and TechnologyCreation of Virtual Laboratory
5Bharathi College, MaddurEstablishment of Centralized Science Laboratory Facility
6Swamy Vivekananda Youth Movement, H.D. Kote, MysoreVijnana Vahini Program
7Agriculture, Man and Environment (AME) FoundationScience and Technology based sustainable Dry Land Farming Empowering Literate Farm Youth
8Committee for Development of Science & Schools, Mysore UniversityMobile Science Exhibition
9Pilikula Regional Science Centre, MangaloreTraining for Teachers
Workshop for Students
Publication & distribution of Science resources
10Dharwad Regional Science Centre, DharwadCelebration of National & International Important Days
Workshop for the preparation of Science & Mathematics teaching & learning aids & distribution of Science Kits
Science Conference
Publication & Distribution of Science magazine(Selected from Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri & Bagalkot taluks)
Observation of astronomical events
11Karwar Sub-Regional Science Centre, KarwarLecture Series for Students
Celebrations of National & International Important Days
Publication & Distribution science magazine
Training for Science & Mathematics Teachers
12Raichur Sub-Regional Science Centre, RaichurLecture Series for Teachers & Students
Workshop for Science writers (Three days)
Celebrations of Important National &International Days
Quiz, Exhibition, Poster, Essay Writing, Lecture Competitions, Biospark program
13Tumkur Sub-Regional Science Centre, TumkurLecture Series for teachers & students
Awareness Campaign for Rural Youths on Sustainable Agriculture based on S&T inputs
Celebration of National & International Important Days
Observation of astronomical events
14Bidar Sub-Regional Science Centre, BidarTraining for SSLC Teachers & Students
Celebration of National & International Important Days
Lecture Series for teachers & students
15Karnataka Association for Advancement of Science (KAAS), BangaloreTraining for SSLC Teachers & Student
Awareness Campaign for Rural Youths on Sustainable Agriculture based on S&T inputs

In addition to this, KSTePS has been co-ordinating in Planning and Monitoring of various programs which have been implemented through DST such as:

1. Strengthening science education for high school students in selected educationally backward taluks in Karnataka in association with Agastya International Foundation.
2. 6th Bangalore – India Nano Conference organised during December 4-6, 2013.
3. Development of Regional and Sub-regional Science Centres.
4. Promotion of Science and Technology programs.
5. Evaluation of proposals submitted to DST.

In the FY 2013-'14, an amount of Rs. 80.50 lakhs has been spent in order to meet the administrative, S & T promotional programs and other related expenditure including up-gradation of infrastructures.


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