One hundred meritorious students from around the state were today presented with the Prathibha Scholarships instituted by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) to encourage school students to pursue further studies in basic/natural sciences.
KSCSTE Executive Vice President Prof V N Rajasekharan Pillai, who presented the scholarships at a ceremony at Kanakakunnu here, said in his address that at least sixty-five percent increase in total job opportunities were to be expected in the science domain in the state in the coming five years.
KSCSTE aims to help students in identifying and utilising opportunities in advanced science research and all efforts will be taken to increase the scholarship amount in the coming years, he added.
Dr. C Anil Kumar, Scientific Officer, KSCSTE, outlined various schemes and programmes initiated by the council for encouraging students to take up science. A documentary ‘Women in Science’, focussing on the various activities organised by the KSCSTE to encourage women to pursue serious scientific studies, was also screened.
Dr K R Lekha, Scientist and Head, Women’s Science Division, KSCSTE, congratulated all the prize-winners on their noteworthy achievement.