Science is a way of life. It is the logical, rational way of explaining things happening around us, and all over the universe at large.
India has a long history of contributing to science and mathematics. Ancient India is replete with the likes of Aryabhatta and Varahamihra, who made path-breaking discoveries. It was in India that the concept of “zero” was first explored and realised. Sadly, in more recent times, India’s contribution to the sciences has not kept pace with the rest of the world.
ISPF believes that the interest in science has to be kindled at a young age and the teachers have major role to pay in this. As part of its initiatives to promote Innovation and Science, ISPF, together with the RRI Trust (founded by Sir C.V.Raman) and ThinkTac instituted the Raman Awards.
The Raman awards aims to establish Science as a Fun and interesting activity that can be explored anywhere with simple materials. Participants are expected to create hands-on science activities that demonstrate a principle in the selected topic. Working models, toys or experiments that help demonstrate a scientific principle may be submitted.
Raman Young Science Innovator Award (RYSI)
The RYSI award, commemorating the discovery of the Raman Effect on 28th February, 1928 will be open to all children studying in standards III to X.
The inaugural edition (2017-18) saw 8,500 children registering and 105 appearing for the finals at Panchavati, Sir C.V.Raman’s old home in Bangalore.
In each of the three age categories, there will be a prize for the winner of Rs. 20,000 and a free one-year subscription to ThinkTac’s Explore annual programme. Two runners up prizes of Rs. 5,000 each and a free one-year subscription to ThinkTac’s Lite annual programme will be awarded in each category. Recognition will be given to the schools the awardees hail from. Commendable mentions/certificates will be given to other worthy finalists.
The first stage of the award is conducted online, registration and submission can be made at www.ramanaward.org. Up to three submissions in any topic will be considered at the preliminary stage. Regional finals may be conducted either online or at a regional location and the national finals at Sir C.V.Raman’s old home at Bangalore.
To register and create a RYSI profile, visit Register.
Raman Experiential Science Teacher Award (REST)
Inspired by the great response and success of the Raman Young Science Innovator (RYSI) Award, we have decided to institute the Raman Experiential Science Teacher (REST) Award. This contest will be open to any science teacher in the country, and much along the lines of the RYSI Award, will seek innovative entries for hands-on science activities.
There will be three categories – Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The winner prize in each category is ₹ 25,000 and two runners-up will be given a cash prize of ₹ 10,000 each. Recognition will also be given to the schools the awardees hail from. Commendable mentions/certificates will be given to other worthy finalists.
To register and create a REST profile, visit Register
The Award is instituted by the Raman Research Institute Trust and Innovation and Science Promotion foundation (ISPF) and sponsored by ThinkTac.