WB State Council of Science & Technology (WBSCST)
WBSCST S&T Activities
Science Popularisation : Science Camps
Organization of District Level Residential Science Camp among school students mainly in backward/ rural area of a district is a running scheme of West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology. It is a three days- two nights residential programme focussing on hands – on experiments in different science subjects as per school syllabus. Total numbers of participants are fixed to 100 from twenty different schools located in different blocks in each District. No. of students from each school is four from Class IX- XII, accompanying with one science teacher.
This ongoing programme includes demonstration of hands on experiments on science, Vedic Mathematics, Scientific film screening, lectures on recent scientific developments by eminent scientists, promotion of amateur astronomy through night sky watch etc. which creates and promotes scientific temperament among school students. This type of camps were organised in different districts namely Hooghly, Nadia, Burdwan, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Purulia, Medinipur West, Medinipur East, Darjeeling, Bankura, Birbhum, Howrah and Murshibadad.
Rs. 1.50 lakhs will be supported to host school for organizing this three days camp. Selection of school located in backward areas of district will be done with the help of District Inspector of school of respective District.
Children’s Science Camps
Research Fellowship Award (RFA): This scheme is to provide better scope for research on subjects relevant to this state. There are five research fellowship awards to be given in the name of five pioneer scientists from Bengal, who are actually icon of science in India and abroad. These includes -
Target people for RFA are students who have completed their post graduate degree and trying to build their career in scientific research and pursue Ph.D. degree at the same time. Each fellowship provides financial support for maximum 5 years (first 2 years as JRF and last 3 years as SRF, subject to the annual performances) or submission of Ph.D. thesis whichever is earlier.
Students who have completed their post graduate degree with minimum 60% marks in all qualifying examinations and GATE qualified in relevant discipline. NET/SET qualified is preferable. Maximum age limit is 25 years. Remuneration for every student in each category is as per the current scheme of Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship of Dept. of Science & Technology and Biotechnology, Govt. of West Bengal. A token amount as contingency is also granted to the recipient in addition to the fellowship.
Advertisement inviting application for RFA is notified through the Departmental website.
Research Grant Award (RGA): This scheme is to promote more socially relevant scientific research and development work in universities and colleges and encourage faculty members to take the challenges of societal problem related to energy, water, ecosystem, solid waste management, diseases and other vulnerable areas.
There are two Research Grant Awards in the name of
- 1. Rabindranath Tagore Award (for Science Education)
- 2. Swami Vivekananda Award (for Generating Scientific Temperament & Social Welfare)
Each grant award provides financial support of Rs. 5 lakh per annum summing 15 lakh for three years.
Each grant award provides financial support of Rs. 5 lakh per annum summing Rs. 15.00 lakhs for three years. Regular teachers in the scale of Assistance Professor, Associate Professor and Professor from any stream of Pure/ Bioscience in any college and university located in the state of West Bengal may apply. Maximum age limit for this scheme is 58 years. One who is awarded once will not be considered again.
Advertisement inviting application for RFA is notified through the Departmental website.
Every year Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India organises National Children Science Congress where child representatives from all the state participates with their innovative ideas on science. Likewise in 2018 a batch of talented students were identified through Dist. level and State level Science Congresses (jointly funded by NCSTC, DST, Govt. of India and DSTBT, Govt. of WB and implemented by WBSCST) held in West Bengal and were sent for participation at the national level in the month of December, 2018.
These students initially take up projects on any science discipline as per their interest and do a survey work, collect data, analyse those data before finally portraying their findings on posters for presentation at the completion. The topics on which the students presented their posters were as : projects on Focal Theme - Science, Technology and Innovation for green and healthy nation; Sub Themes - Ecosystem & ecosystem services, Health, hygiene & sanitation, Society, culture & livelihoods, Traditional knowledge system, Waste to wealth.
About 34 child participants (second batch who were selected at the Dist. Level but were not sent to national Children’s Science Congress, 2018) attended the Children’s Session of WB State Science and Technology Congress, 2019 to present their posters in this competition in the Children Pavilion dedicatedly arranged for the child scientists during.
An interactive workshop – “Workshop on Scientific Creativity” was also organized on Physics, Chemistry and Biology where the students were mentored in individual small groups for having better experience of hands - on science experiments.
Finally three students were awarded outstanding performer as per the decision of the invited experts who judged the posters and science models presented by these students in this two days session.
This is scheme of the Department (DSTBT, GoWB) implemented by the Council to set up of Model Innovative Science Laboratories in Higher Secondary schools of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes dominated and other backward regions of West Bengal for providing advanced practical learning facility to the students of science streams. The prime focus is to orient teachers and motivate students to set up their own activity-oriented facility.
Through this programme, one model laboratory each in Physics, Chemistry and Biology subject will be set up in selected schools of the State. Teachers will be encouraged to carry out innovative project in science education for students from different schools through problem solving experiments and discussions. This would provide necessary excitement and fun in doing science and thus induce a healthy trend in science learning and doing science with career orientation towards science and technology.
- • Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Physics Laboratory
- • Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray Chemistry Laboratory
- • Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya Biology Laboratory
These laboratories are named as :
A total fund of Rs. 10.00 lakhs is granted to each selected school to set up three laboratories having facilities of modern scientific equipments and audio visual arrangements.
This year 33 schools (11 from each of Purulia, Bankura and Jhargram districts) have been selected in consultation with Paschim Banga Sarva Siskha Mission (PBSSM), Dept. of School Education, Govt. of West Bengal for funding and implementation.
The Council also facilitates the observation of the different days to involve and encourage the students of the state in different science activities, seminars, quiz etc. organised through their schools, colleges and Universities. This programme is assisted by NCSTC, DST, GoI.
The response for this programme among the academic institutions is immense and one day thematic programmes are organized to encourage the students (especially school children) on different modern trends of science as given in the respective themes of the event.
Institution level competition is also organized where the students participate and get awarded.
An initiative has been taken to compile a compendium on the Medicinal and Aromatics plants of the Districts of West Bengal with financial assistance from the Department (DSTBT).
The Impact of Structured Training Programme on a defined population towards identification, cultivation, care and optimal harvesting of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in the state of West Bengal is being conducted under project mode
As per the mandate of popularizing science for the masses WBSCST participates in and organizes different seminars symposium workshops fairs all throughout the year for disseminating science to the people of the State. In recent past for the same reason WBSCST had set up stalls at different fairs organized by different organization to showcase the activity of the Council and the Department.
Few mentions of Council’s participation in recent past are:
India International Science Festival, organized by DST, GoI (2016 at CSIR-NPL, New Delhi, 2017 at IIT, Chennai, 2018 in Lucknow)
Stall for Patent and G.I. registered items of WB in 25th WB State S&T Congress 2018 at Science City, Kolkata
Jungle Mahal Utsav, 2018 in Jhargram
31st Industrial India Trade Fair, 2018 in Kolkata
Display at Vivek Mela, 2019 in Kolkata
Chandernagore Utsav, 2019 in Chandernagore, Hooghly