Reinforcing its focus on science and innovation, Intel India has launched Avishkara – Karnataka Student Innovation Program” at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore.
The program was launched in association with the Department of Public Instruction, Govt. of Karnataka and Agastya Foundation and aims at fostering next generation of innovators by accelerating science and innovation in Karnataka.
Designed to promote ‘STEM’ (Science Technology Engineering and Math) initiatives in the State, the program will also drive greater collaboration to promote research and innovation.
As part of the event, S R Patil, Minister for IT, BT and ST, Government of Karnataka, inaugurated Intel Galileo Corner, a hub to provide hands-on experience and inculcate a Do It Yourself (DIY) culture amongst students.
iMobile Program, an initiative of Agastya Foundation supported by Intel, was also unveiled. The program aims to provide science, innovation and digital literacy skills to the rural community at their doorstep.
Commenting on the occasion, Jitendra Chaddah, director, Strategic Relations and Operations, Intel India said, “Intel believes that young minds are the key to taking on big ideas, and a strong STEM foundation is crucial for their success.”
S R Patil, Minister for IT, BT and ST, Govt. of Karnataka, said, “We need talent to compete globally, and we will need even more in the future. It is not a matter of choice- For India to remain the global innovation leader; we must make the most of all of the potential talent this country has to offer.”
The Minister added that initiatives like these provide opportunity to educators and students and will inspire the young generation in the right direction.
Avishkara will also accelerate STEM-based governmental and non-governmental programs like Inspire and Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) which encourage student interest and participation in STEM related subjects.