Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS)
Intel has joined hands with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to jointly promote inventions and innovations among students and youth in India. This is aimed at accelerating Intel India's ongoing effort towards encouraging young inventors in India.
Launched in February 2006; ‘IRIS – Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science’, an Intel-DST-CII initiative, is the merger of two programs the Intel Science Talent Discovery Fair and Steer the Big Idea. It is India’s largest science initiative for students involving Government and private partnership. The merger creates THE Science Fair of India and achieves a higher level of reach across schools, colleges, labs and research institutions in the country.
Intel over the past six years has been organizing an annual nationwide initiative, the Intel Science Talent Discovery Fair (Intel STDF) that aims to infuse a spirit of discovery in school children and increase their interest in science and technology.
The Intel STDF national winners represent India and showcase their work to the international scientific community at the largest pre-college science fair in the world – the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held every year in USA.
Under the CII-DST initiative – Steer the Big Idea, Indian participation was organized at the International Exhibition for Young Inventors (IEYI) at Tokyo in 2004 and at Kuala Lumpur in 2005. Different countries in Asia host IEYI every year and India has got the opportunity to host IEYI in 2006.
IRIS aims to help build scientific temperament and an innovative culture amongst the youth of the country, as well as help popularise science and technology in the schools and amongst students. It expected to touch over 20 lakh students from over 25000 schools and institutes in India and infuse the spirit of science, research and innovation among them.
IRIS would recognize and reward innovative & outstanding projects and provide a platform for these young innovators to interact with Indian industry as well as get recognized at International events like the ISEF and the IEYI.
IRIS has been initiated in April 2006 and will start by inviting project synopses from participants in four categories from age 06 – 35 years. These entries will go through 2 screening rounds to shortlist 300 finalists from all four categories for participating at the National Fair in December 2006. Apart from getting awards and scholarships; the winners at the National fair will go on to represent India at the International Fairs like the Intel ISEF and IEYI. This year since the IEYI is being hosted by India, the Indian students qualifying for the National Fair will be directly competing with international participants.