Karnataka students to represent India at ISEF 2013

Of the 10 of students from India, three next generation innovators from Karnataka will represent India at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May 2013 at Arizona, USA. They have been chosen from across 111 research based projects.

M Yeshwanth from citizens High School, Bangalore is on the subject of plant sciences in the area of anti-bacterial activity in leaves of different species of Bauhinia Nayana K R and Aishwarya C A from Amrita Vidyalayam, Davangere on the subject of mathematical sciences is Vaina’s Square Lemma: Extension of Pythagoras Theorem on division of square into [N2 + 1] equal square

This year, from Karnataka alone, there were 40 innovate projects in contention at IRIS, (Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science) 2012. There was a lot of participation from smaller towns like Davangere, Puttur and Dharwad where each of these projects were supported by extensive research by students who are in Class 5 – Class 12.

This year, there were special awards sponsored by the Government of India. Himannindu TV and Bhargavi N Sarode of Amrita Vidyalayam, Davangere got the award sponsored by the Government of India for their project in Chemistry. Hanaan Hashim of Home School/PPISR, Bangalore and Saad Naser of Clarence High School, Bangalore got the award sponsored by the Ministry of Information and Technology for their project in Computer Science. Mahesha K of St Philomena High School, Puttur got the award from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for his project on environment management.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Intel provides this platform that promotes and nurtures science and scientific research amongst young Indian innovators to recognize and reward outstanding projects and provide them with an opportunity to represent India at global science competitions like Intel ISEF (Intel International Science and Engineering Fair).

Intel ISEF is the world's largest pre-college science fair competition where more than 1,500 young innovators from across the world come together to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for over USD 4 million in awards and scholarships.

Ashutosh Chadha, Director, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia, said, “Young student innovators who compete at IRIS perform beyond our expectations and this year is no exception. The aim of IRIS has always been to highlight the capabilities and accomplishments of students in India and Intel’s contribution towards the Indian growth story. The increase in research based project entries year after year at IRIS, indicate the talent available in India.” At IRIS 2012, 111 projects were selected from a total of 2036 research-based projects submitted by students from across the country and were evaluated on research merits.

The four-day event was aimed at promoting and nurturing science and scientific research amongst young Indian innovators, recognizing and rewarding outstanding projects and providing a platform for these winning students to represent India at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the U.S.

Intel ISEF brings together more than 1,600 high school students from 65 countries, regions, and territories to display their independent research and compete for global recognition, in addition to more than US$4 million in prizes and scholarships.

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