Last modified at 03/08/2016 12:50 by kstepuser
Annual Report 2015 –'16
Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) is a registered autonomous organization established under the Societies Registration Act 1960 under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of Karnataka in 2013. KSTePS aims at serving as a mechanism in supporting the preparation and implementation of policy initiatives of Department of Science and Technology and act as a nodal agency in channelizing the funding and in coordinating programs of the Department across the State. Also, 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. KSTePS is Chaired by Principal Secretary to Govt., Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology with members drawn from various line Departments. Special Director (Technical), DST is the Member Secretary and Managing Director.
Important programs co-ordinated by KSTePS are as follows:
- 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 inquiry among students, particularly in rural areas, two regional science centres have been established viz., Pilikula Regional Science Centre at Pilikula Nisarga Dhama in Mangalore and Dharwad Regional Science Centre at Karnataka University Campus in Dharwad in association with Ministry of Culture, GOI. Both the centres are functioning well. The third centre in Mysore at Mysore University Campus is under construction at an estimated cost of Rs. 14.50 crores through NCSM, GOI. The building construction work is under progress.
- Sub-Regional Science Centres: These are the miniature of Regional Science Centres being established in phases with a broad vision and aim of taking science to people and bringing people to science in all District Headquarters across the State to popularize science and technological developments at an estimated cost of Rs. 4.00 crores for each Centre.
- Planetariums: To promote the concept of education based on astronomy through creating an interesting and stimulating ecosystem, Planetariums with state-of-the-art projection systems along with a special dome to recreate the appearance of night sky indoors with stars and planets is being built in Pilikula (Mangalore). The civil work is in advanced stage of development with completion of 85%. Action has been taken for issue of tender for procurement of projection systems to be operated for the unidirectional projection on a dome of approximately 18 meter diameter and tilted by 15 degrees. The planetarium will be operation by December 2016, which will be the second Planetarium after Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore. It will also be the first largest Planetarium in the State. Action has also been taken for establishment of 10 m diameter dome planetarium in Bagalkot. Further, tender has also been floated for procurement of four mobile planetariums, one for each revenue division with an aim provide planetarium shows for rural students in their respective schools in selected locations.
- Bangalore India Nano: Eighth Bangalore India Nano event was organised under the guidance of Bharat Ratna Prof. C. N. R. Rao towards fostering a business environment for the development of Nano Science and Technology industry in the State. The event was successfully organized on the focal theme "Nano Horizons" during 3-4 March 2016, which was attended by 600 research, academia and industry fraternities. This event has been on the radar of many countries across the globe. A post conference tutorials were also organized on March 05, 2016 on topics such as (a) Nano Fabrication, (b) Nano Medicine, (c) Electron Microscopic & Nano Photonics, which was attended by more than 180 participants.
- Training of Trainers: The Talent Development Center established in the second campus of IISc at Challakere in Chitradurga district has been playing an important role in providing residential training for high school teachers to upgrade their knowledge base in advancement of science both in theoretical and practical aspects. About 100 High School science teachers have been trained every month for 15 days by leading experts drawn from IISc and other research organizations. This training model is being considered as one of the best practices in the Country. In FY 2015-'16, about 1300 high school teachers has been trained selected from 21 districts of the State.
- Science Gallery in Bengaluru: A flagship initiative for establishment of a Science Gallery in Bengaluru with an agreement between DST, GoK and Science Gallery International (SGI), Dublin, Ireland in association with local academic partners such as IISc, NCBS and Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru. The gallery aims at providing new models and opportunities for young adults in the world of Science and Innovation in collision with art & culture. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD of Biocon has been appointed as the Chairperson of SGB. Action is being taken to identify a suitable land in central location in Bangalore.
- Karnataka–Israel Program for Industrial Research and Development (KIRD): 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. The main objective of this agreement is to facilitate and promote bilateral industrial R & D activities and in particular joint industrial R&D projects between entities from Karnataka State and from the State of Israel with an overall goal to demonstrate the technological contribution of the participants from both sides. Two proposals have been funded for Development under this program viz., (1)Development of aviation flexible hoses with titanium ends fitting – by Rangsons by Schuster Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Mysore and (2) Contisphere – by Blue Neem Medical Device Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. The first phase of work is under progress in both the programs. Second call for proposals under this program is under evaluation.
- Awards for Scientists and Writers: With a view to recognize and reward scientific and technological contributions made to the State of Karnataka, awards have given for scientists, engineers and writers for their outstanding contributions in the field through Karnataka Science and Technology Academy and Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology.
- Science Outreach and Educational Programs: A large number of science outreach and educational programs are being organized across the State for dissemination of science and technology developments to general public and students. Also, annual conferences on "Science and Technology" focusing on lectures by eminent scientists and resource persons are being organised at regular intervals.
- Science Education Programs for High Schools: The objective of the program is to intensify the scientific temper and spark curiosity among high school students through science education programs in selected educationally backward taluks in the State. In order to understand the science based on hands-on minds-on concept, 12 Mobile Science Lab Vans were operated in association with M/s. Agastya International Foundation for high school students. These Science on Wheels have successfully reached 1,036 High Schools, covering 77,175 boys, 71,165 girls and 1,266 teachers in 48 backward taluks. The other programs, which were under taken through this scheme in association with M/s. Agastya International Foundation are:
- Lab in a Box (LIB): Both Lab-in-a-Box and Rotating Lab-in-a-Box (RLIB) consists of science experiments organized concept-wise, based on pre-designed learning modules were given to selected high schools to develop better understanding of the science concepts by teachers as well as by students. In FY 2015-16, 8 RLIB and 39 LIB were distributed to selected high schools.
- Science Centers: Established temporarily to act as a hub for hands-on teaching – learning activities in a centralised school, wherein children and teachers from nearby areas will visit the Centre. Experiments in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths were demonstrated for the students pertaining to the syllabus of Std. V to X. In FY 2015-16, 11 such centres were supported.
Science Education Programs for High Schools were supported both under Special Development Plan and General category.
- Special Development Plan (SDP): KSTePS is coordinating the implementation of SDP, an initiative towards achieving balanced development in the regions of disparity in the State as proposed by the High Powered Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances (HPCRRI). Fourteen different agencies have been involved in implementing various SDP programs, besides Agastya, which was responsible for Science Education Programs for High Schools such as Science on Wheels, Science Centres, LIB and RLIB.
- SDP Fellowships: In order to encourage students to pursue higher education in science, KSTA has awarded about 800 fellowships for science graduate students during the year.
- Science and Technology Conference: KSTA organised Science and Technology annual conference in Kalaburagi on Climate Change, Energy and Environment. About 600 delegated participated in this conference.
- Mini Science Resource Centres: Tenders have been floated for establishment of sixmini science resource centres in the High Schools of Pavagada, Hosadurga, Huskur in Malavalli, Kodihalli in Kanakapura, Ramapura in Kollegala and Somanahalli in Kadur Taluks.
- 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 has been implemented in 10 villages each in Chintamani and Bangarpet Taluks of Kolar District.
- Science Bhavan in Koppal: Establishment of a Science Bhavan in Koppal by district administration in association with KSTePS is under progress. This centre will be later developed as Sub-regional Science Centre.
- Sub-Regional Science Centre, Yadgir: 10 acres of land has been provided by the district administration for establishment of Sub-regional Science Centre. Action plan is being prepared for the same.
Strengthening and upgradation of Science Centres have also been taken up SDP Programs for Sub-Regional Science Centres in Bidar, Raichur and Bellary. Work is under progress.
- Vijnana Vahini Program: Swamy Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), H.D. Kote, Mysore has established centre of innovation and resource centre. 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 everyday life. Centre for Innovation is a platform for all students, teachers and community members with innovative ideas which they would like to experiment or do further research on. The Centre promotes creativity and imagination among them. The Centre for Innovation has three components – a. Science Laboratory facilities – The science laboratory facilities include necessary facilities and infrastructure to demonstrate any experiment relevant to the curriculum up to 10th standard. These facilities are freely accessible by any teacher or student from the Government schools. b. Exploratory Park – The Exploratory Park is a Science Park to raise more questions in everyone's mind through simple activities which challenge the imagination of the people. The park is equipped with simple hands-on activities based on Science and Mathematics. Every visitor is encouraged to ask as many questions as possible! All the activities are close to their real life. The Exploratory Park is presently equipped with 65 outdoor activities along with 2 indoor galleries spread over an area of 1 acre. Low-cost options were exercised during the setting up of the science park to focus on the students' experience. In addition to these, training programs and outreach programs have been organised under special development plan to popularise science and technology programs in the State.