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Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today felicitated the 18 winners of the National Science Talents award for 2016-17. Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) jointly with Vigyan Prasar - an autonomous institution under Department of Science & Technology- and National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) conducts the National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) annually. 1.4 lakh class VI-XI students of 1,472 schools from all the 29 states and 5 Union Territories participated in the exam. As many as 2,400 students were declared as state-level winners.
Through 20 camps, 264 students were selected as national-level winners from among them. These 264 students attended a two-day national camp at IIT Delhi, under an academic committee of eminent scientists and 18 students were selected as national science talents of the year. "It is important to follow your passion because unless you don't follow your passion you will not reach the destination you want in life. Talent, dedication, determination to work hard and discipline is the key to the success," Javadekar said at the award ceremony.