Chandigarh:Two Centres of Excellence would be set up in Haryana. While the first will be on DNA testing and diagnostic facilities for research and application at Centre for Plant Biotechnology, Hisar the second Centres of Excellence would be of Renewable Energy Test Centre at Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal . Both these centres will be set up by the Department of Science and Technology.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Department said that DNA testing and diagnostic facility for research and application centre would be set up at a cost of about Rs 2.34 crore and Renewable Energy Test Centre at a cost of Rs one lakh. A Science City was also proposed to be set up at Sampla for the promotion of science education in the State, he added.
He said that the Department had also introduced Science Talent Search Scheme in the State to create scientific temperament among students. Under the scheme, a scholarship of Rs 500 per month was given to the top 1,000 selected students during the class IX and X and Rs 1,500 per month during XI and XII classes. A new scheme-science workshop had also been initiated in order to communicate development in the field of science and technology to public, particularly students by way of organising lectures on emerging fields of science and technology in different districts of the State.
He said that the Haryana State Council for Science and Technology was implementing various schemes like Science Quiz Contest, Science Essay Writing Competition, Children Science Congress, Celebration of National Science Day, Organisation of Seminar or Workshops, Grant for Research and Development Projects, Exposure Visits for the Meritorious Students, Haryana Vigyan Ratna Awad for honouring the scientists of the State for their outstanding work in the field of Science and Technology.
He said that the Department had also set up a planetarium at a cost of Rs 6.50 crore at Kurukshetra in the memory of late Astronaut Kalpana Chawla to popularise and disseminate knowledge in Astronomy in the State. The planetarium with a seating capacity of 120 persons was educating students and general masses by showing various shows related to Astronomy.
Haryana Space Application Centre, which is involved in the mapping, monitoring and management of natural resources, had already completed 80 projects and work on 30 projects was going on, he added.