Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS),
Kolkata is an Autonomous Registered Society under West
Bengal Society Registration Act XXI of 1860 (No.S/4353 of
1960-61). This organisation is promoted by the Government of West Bengal and
administered by a Governing Body with representatives from
the State Government, Academics and Industry. Conceptualized in
1958 by visionaries such as Dr. B C Roy and Sir Jehangir
Ghandy, JBNSTS was initiated to commemorate the Birth
Centenary Celebration of India's first modern scientist,
Acharya J C Bose. The
program was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
status of a special institution as declared by Department
of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal.
During the initial years, JBNSTS was considered a popular scheme for
providing scholarships to meritorious students. Gradually JBNSTS has shed
away its image of just a scholarship giving scheme and for nearly four
decades now, this institution has evolved as a pioneering centre for
identifying and nurturing young talented students of science, medicine and
engineering who would grow up to become leaders in their fields. JBNSTS
has thus gradually grown to become an institution providing a range of
educational opportunities to the promising student scientist. Initially
financed by the Government of West Bengal, its activities were limited to
students of this State. As the programs of the institution gained impetus
and popularity in terms of student service, JBNSTS spread its umbrella to
cover 12 other States: Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram,
Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.
JBNSTS is a non profit organisation and depends on multiple sources of
funding to meet the educational needs of its range of students. Thus,
funding is sought from both Private and Government bodies. The program in
West Bengal is funded and maintained by the State Government, whereas
financial support for the neighboring States' student programs is obtained
from the Ministry of Human Resource Development( MHRD ), Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Department of Science and
Technology (DST), Government of India. Awards to scholars are met from
donations from individuals, institutes and industries.
Based in Kolkata (Calcutta) since its inception in 1958, JBNSTS initially
operated from the Bose Institute. With expansion of programs and widening of
its objectives in 1991, its address shifted to a larger temporary premise in
north Kolkata. From 1999 the plans for building the JB-CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
in south Kolkata started taking shape, following which JBNSTS relocated its
office to its current temporary location.
A glimpse of some JBNSTS scholars.
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