In order to promote the importance of basic science in daily life, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India has sponsored a five-day ‘Inspire Internship Science Camp’ which was inaugurated recently by Makrand Pandurang, Deputy Commissioner, District Sonepat, Government of Haryana. This is the third programme organised at SRM University, Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, Haryana. More than 150 school toppers studying in 11th standard with Science subjects from six districts (Jind, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Panipat, Sonepat and Bhiwani) of Haryana and one school from Narela, Delhi, along with twenty five teachers are participating in this ‘Inspire Internship Science Camp’ (December 20-24). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn his inaugural address, the Deputy Commissioner, advised and encouraged the participants for selecting Science as their option, and urged them to improve their learning experiences to make a good career. He pointed out on the relevance of basic sciences and its impact on scientific enquiry and assured that the Govt of Haryana and the officials are wholeheartedly ready to cooperate with the University for organising such programmes. In his welcome address, Dr DK Pandey, Director of Innovations (IEEEP), SRM University, said that this programme has been conceptualised by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India in 2008, which is being organised throughout the country. He said, that this science camp gives an opportunity to the young generation to experience and expertise the thrill of invention, innovation and discovery. He further observed that democratisation of Science can be helpful to reach the diverse needs and curiosity of the student community, and explicated that this time the University invited applications from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in addition to other State and Central schools. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProf S Rajarajan, Vice-Chancellor of SRM University while presiding the function welcomed the student community and read out the Chancellor’s message well wishing the programme. He further reflected on the grand Indian scientific tradition and the potential in the contemporary generation to carry forward that legacy of CV Raman, Subramaniam Chandrasekhar, Venkataraman and so many others. Commenting on the efforts on Modern Science and research of SRM group of institutions, he articulated that SRM University is the second University in India to have been recognised as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt of India. Exhorting the importance of Science, he said, “Technology won’t be meaningful unless it emphasises on its basic foundation, where passion for science is integral to all scientific discourses.” Prof P Thangaraju, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Medical), SRM University, Chennai, in his special address,described the significance of scientific research and SRM University’s indelible scientific research culture and contribution to the broader National/Global scientific spectrum. He also statistically expounded the implications of higher scientific research of India and our standing at the global level and argued that students across India and abroad are attracted to SRM University due to its unique and uncompromising academic tradition. Dr GJ Samathanam, Director of Research, students’ adviser, and Chairman, Organising Committee of the ‘Inspire Camp’ explained that the ‘Inspire’ programme has the capability to uphold the tradition of science in our country and encouraged the students for being privileged to attend this programme. He further enlightened that this young university has invited eminent scholars, renowned professors, inspiring teachers and enthusiastic demonstrators, for arousing the basic scientific knowledge of the young student-participants.