Annual Report 2014-'15
Department of Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka established Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) as an autonomous society vide Memorandum No. ST 02 STS 2012 datedNovember 22, 2012.
The objectives of KSTePS are supporting 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 and to coordinate all science and technology related activities which are catalyzed and supported by the Department. Aslo, it has been entrusted to 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.
Important programs co-ordinated by KSTePS are as follows:
1.0 Karnataka – Israel R & D (KIRD) Program
Government of Karnataka entered into a bilateral agreement on March 21, 2013 with Israel (MATIMOP) for cooperation in the field of industrial and technological research and development, which is referred to as Karnataka – Israel Research & Development (KIRD) program.
Under this program, 10 project proposals from different fields like aerospace, clean technology, life science, medical devices, e-learning, internet etc have been received. After preliminary evaluation, the following 3 proposals have been selected for funding support.
- Development of aviation flexible hoses with titanium ends fitting – Rangsons – Schuster Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
- Digital avionics measurement unit –SLN Technology Pvt. Ltd
- Contisphere – Blue Neem Medical Device Pvt. Ltd.
The selected proposals will be provided with funding support in accordance with the guidelines.
2.0 Science Gallery in Bengaluru
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed on November 13, 2014 to establish a science gallery in Bangalore on the lines of science gallery in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
3.0 7th Bangalore India Nano
In order to encourage and promote Nano Science and Technology in the state, 7th edition of Bangalore India Nano event was successfully organized during December 4-6, 2014. This conference was attended by more than 550 delegates both from national and international organisations. This event has attracted the attention of many countries.
4.0 Special Development Plan (SDP)
Following programs under Special Development Plan (SDP) are being implemented in association with KSTePS. A total of 15 agencies have been involved in implementing the SDP programs:
4.1 Fellowships: In order to encourage students to pursue higher education in science, KSTA is awarding 1200 Fellowships for graduate students during the year.
4.2 Science and Technology Conferences: KSTA organised Science and Technology annual conferences in Bangalore, Kalburgi, Bellary, Udupi and Vijayapur during the year 2014-15.
4.3 Pilikula and Dharwad Regional Science Centres: With an aim to popularise developments in science and technology among general public and to provide an opportunity to develop scientific temper, scientific thinking and spirit of enquiry among students particularly in rural areas, a second regional science centre has been established at Pilikula Nisarga Dhama in Mangalore (Mangalore Pilikula Regional Science Centre) in association with Ministry of Culture, GOI at a cost of Rs. 11.50 crores. This centre was inaugurated on October 1, 2014 and is functioning well. Similarly, Dharwad Regional Science Centre established in 2012 at Karnataka University Campus is also functioning well.
4.4 Regional Science Centre in Mysore: Action has been initiated to establish the third regional science centre at the Mysore University Campus in association with Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India at an estimated cost of Rs. 14.50 crores.
4.5 3D Planetarium in Mangalore: A 3D Planetarium, first of its kind in the Country, is being established at an estimated cost of Rs. 24.50 crores at Pilikula in Mangalore. The construction work is under progress.
4.6 Mobile Science Lab Vans: In order to understand the science based on hands-on minds-on concept, 'Mobile Science Lab Vans' have successfully reached 1080 High Schools, covering 54,680 boys, 53,266 girls and 3998 teachers in 34 backward taluks in the State in association with M/s Agastya International Foundation.
4.7 Awards for Outstanding Contribution: Awards are being given every year for scientists, engineers and writers in recognition of their outstanding contributions in the field of Science and Technology. Research grants are also being given to young scientists.
4.8 Training of Trainers Program: Under the training of trainers program, 3000 high school teachers and 2500 pre-university teachers and 380 post-graduate teachers from 29 districts across the state have been trained at Talent Development Centre at Challekere, the second campus of Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
4.9 Knowledge Resource Centre for Science and technology (KRCST): Action is being taken to establish Knowledge Resource Centre for Science and Technology at Suttur, Nanjangud taluk, Mysore district in association with JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP) and Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Department of Culture, Govt. of India at an estimated cost of Rs. 17.00 crores. The centre is aimed at creating interest in science learning based on hands on minds on concept, as well as to inculcate scientific spirit among students and general public. This centre will also serve as fabricator and producer of science gadgets for play way learning of science including science models, posters and experimental instruments, which could be sold to science centres, schools and colleges across the state at an affordable cost.
4.10 Bharathi Pre-University College, Maddur: In order to improve the practical skills of rural students a centralized science laboratory at, Bharathi College has been established in association with KSTePS. In addition, talks from resource experts are organised for PU science faculty members across Mandya district on topics of current interest.
4.11 Agriculture, Man and Environment (AME) Foundation: AME foundation in association with KSTePS, is involved in S & T based sustainable dry farming approaches for improving farm livelihood through empowering literate farm youth on alternative farm practices. This project is under progress in 10 villages of Chintamani and Bangarpet of Kolar District.
4.12 Raichur Sub-Regional Science Centre: Sub-Regional Science Centre in Raichur has been successfully organising various science lecture programs, teachers workshops, NSS camps, Science Quiz and Swacha Bharath Abhiyan during 2014-'15.
Also action has been initiated to establish a planetarium at the Science Centre to create awareness among students and general public about astronomical events and organise educative and entertainment programs about the night sky.
4.13 Koppal District Administration: Establishment of a Science Bhavan in Koppal by district administration in association with KSTePS is under progress.
4.14 Science Centres in Bidar, Tumkur, Karwar (Uttara Kannada) and Karnataka Association for Advancement of Science (KAAS), Bangalore have been organising lectures by eminent scientists, quiz programs.
4.15 Under the Vijnana Vahini Program, Swamy Vivekananda Youth Movement, H.D. Kote, Mysore has established a Centre of Innovation envisaged to be a platform to come out with ideas on which they would like to experiment or do further research. The Resource Centre would provide library and training facilities to all students and teachers in the region. SVYM is also arranging Community Awareness Program through radio programs to take science to the door step of every house hold to create awareness about the role of science in every day life.