Science can be defined as a systematic study and investigation of natural phenomena and occurrences by way of observation, theoretical explanation as well as experimentation. A scientific study of any phenomena involves careful observation, formulation of hypothesis, conducting experiments to test and prove the hypothesis and henceforth, drawing conclusions that confirm or deny the hypothetical assumption. Such scientific studies help in the formulation of universal laws that help humans to know more about the world we live in and how various natural processes and phenomena occur.
Science is a vast field and concerns almost everything that our eyes can see or cannot see. Everything in the universe can be studied under the field of science.
While pursuing a course in the wide and exhaustive field of science, you can acquire the understanding of scientific ideas in communication technology, construction, forestry, farming, childcare, health services, manufacturing, etc. Thus, there is a higher-than-ever demand for well-trained science professionals, a wide range of exciting career paths and the golden opportunity to use your skills and talent to make a meaningful contribution to humanity.
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire Academic Career. Students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded as the most prestigious examination at high school level in India.
There is a two-stage selection process for awarding scholarships. For Stage - I, selection will be done by States/UTs through the written examination. Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage - II examination. Students who qualify Stage - I will be eligible to appear for Stage - II examination conducted by NCERT. For more details of NTSE, students can visit www.ncert.nic.in.
Olympiads are internationally recognised competitions in various fields of knowledge. They are the highest level examinations and are hosted by different countries every year. Participation in any of the Olympiads has worldwide recognition and is considered as a great achievement. International Olympiads are held every year in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy & Junior Science.
The "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana" (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students who are studying basic sciences to take up research career in science. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.
This program aims to assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country. Generous fellowship and contingency grant are provided to the selected KVPY fellows, up to the pre Ph.D. level or 5 years whichever is earlier. In addition, summer camps for the KVPY fellows are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country.
The Department of Science and Technology, the nodal agency of the government, has entrusted the overall responsibility for organising and running the KVPY program to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and set up a Management Committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A core committee looks after both the day-to-day and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.