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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The 15th leg of the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) took place in New Delhi yesterday in which 30 students, selected from across India to take part at the highly-acclaimed Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), were felicitated.

The event is to be held from 10-15 May, 2015 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

Speaking at the forum, Y. S. Chowdary, the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, said, “Today’s children have the advantage of getting any information that they want through search engines unlike people of earlier generations who had to make lot of effort.”

Thirty young innovators will participate at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) this year; 17 of them would compete against 1,700 finalists from over 70 countries, regions and territories, at the world’s largest pre-college science competition. 13 other students will participate as observers at the prestigious event. Seventeen of these young innovators from India will compete with teams from across the world at Intel ISEF 2015.

Team India will showcase 12 cutting edge ideas to compete for USD 4 million in awards, scholarships and honors, such as a chance to be present at the Nobel Laureate ceremony or to have a minor planet named after them (courtesy MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory).

The projects will span varied fields such as mathematics, computer science, plant sciences, molecular biology, nano sciences and medicine.

After Intel ISEF, as part of a joint initiative from Department of Science & Technology (DST), Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) & Intel, Team India will spend an additional week in USA to gain more exposure and engage in scientific exchanges with the rich scientific community in USA. In the additional week, students will travel to Washington DC for site-visits to science museums, universities, science labs; meet and interact with scientists, professors in their related fields and get an exposure to hands-on activities in labs and museums.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest pre-college science fair competition. Each year, more than 6 million young innovators from around the world vie to attend and 1,700 are selected as finalists to share ideas, showcase cutting edge ideas and compete for over USD 4 million in awards and scholarships. The winners are selected based on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects.

To judge the projects, more than 1,000 science, engineering, and industry professionals volunteer at the Intel ISEF.


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Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.

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