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Department of Science and Technology

The Department of Science & Technology was established in UT Chandigarh in the year 1991-92. The main objective was to make use of the most of in-house Scientific and Technical Institutional Infrastructure in the Union Territory of Chandigarh and to prepare Science & Technology Plans relevant to the development of subjects. The work of Non Conventional Energy Sources was also entrusted to the Department. There are three Cells in the Department of Science & Technology, namely:

Science & Technology Cell

Non Conventional Energy Sources (NCSE)

Cell Integrated Rural Energy Planning (IREP)

Cell There are different schemes being implemented under each cell, which is as below:


Science & Technology Cell

1. Support to Research Institutions

The Department provides financial assistance to various Research Institutions located in UT Chandigarh for the Research & Development purpose. Under this scheme, a Sub Committee of Experts exists, which evaluates and recommends the research proposals to the Administration of funding. The objective of the scheme is to support Research & Development in the field of Science & Technology which has direct relevance to the area of UT Chandigarh. Under this scheme, technical , research and educational institutions located in Chandigarh are provided with financial assistance for conducting short time research studies in the field of Science, Medicine, pollution, Engineering, horticulture, Biotechnology, Alternative Sources of Energy Conservation and any other area related to Science & Technology.

2. Popularisation of Science

This scheme was formulated to popularize the science among students and general masses. Various activities such as Science Quizzes, Science Fair, Science Exhibition, Sponsoring Science Tours, Science competitions and other such activities etc. are organized throughout the year.

The Department celebrated the Science Week every year and a number of activities were organized in different educational institutions and lectures on biotechnology were also delivered by the experts. The effort was to bring back the aptitude of the students to the basic sciences and to inculcate scientific temper and bring awareness. Activities such as Science Quiz, Science Fair, Science Exhibition, Poster making, Paper Reading and other Science related competitions were also organized. Science behind so called Miracles through shows were organized in different educational institutions.

Non Conventional Sources of Energy (NCSE)

i) Solar Water Heating System (SWHS)

Solar Water Heating is one of the technologies being promoted by DST, Chandigarh Administration by providing subsidy @ 25% of the total system cost up to 300LPD System (Domestic). During the last F.Y. 2006-2007, 6800 LPD Domestic Solar Water Heating Systems of different capacities have been supplied, installed and commissioned by the Department through the different approved manufacturers who were possessing the BIS Certificate for the product.

ii) Solar Photovoltaic Energy Programme (SPV)

Solar Photovoltaic technology converts the Solar Energy into Electricity with the use of SPV Modules. This is an upcoming technology and has a lot of potential in our country. Presently, this technology is being promoted for Street Lights, Indoor lights or portable lighting systems i.e. Solar Lanterns. This technology has as added advantage that this is pollution free, renewable source of energy and modular in nature i.e. capacity of the system can be increased or decreased as per the requirement and installation is very less time consuming. During the last F.Y.2006-2007, 58 Nos. Solar Street Lights installed at Rural / Urban area of Chandigarh.

iii) Sale and Promotion of Solar Cooker

Solar Cooker is a box type device absorbing the radiant thermal heat of the Sun. The device cooks the food without any Conventional fossil fuels. Moreover, it preserves the vitamins and flavour of the raw food. The Solar Cooker has great service to women that they do not have to attend the cooking continuously.

Dish type Solar Cookers are being introduced by the Department in UT Chandigarh. Two such Solar Cookers have been procured by the department for publicity and demonstration during different Exhibitions, Festivals and Events.

iv) Solar Green House

The Solar Green house is a new concept for providing a controlled environment for development of off seasons vegetables / flowers etc. With a view to tide over the vagaries of extreme climate conditions during winter and summer, it has been decided that the people should be encouraged to adopt Solar Green House Technology.

v) Solar Lighting in Forest Area

More than 50 No. Solar Street Lighting Systems were provided in the Forest Area of UT Chandigarh through the Department of Forests, UT Chandigarh as demonstration units. These systems require proper maintenance and care to keep them alive, because as such there is no electricity connection in the Forest Area. One Solar Pump with domestic lights about 10 No. was also provided at Log Hut of Kansal Forest. The Solar Systems are the source of light only.

vi) Mass Awareness and Seminars / Conferences

Mass Awareness is an important tool for educating the masses and accelerating the use of these resources. Even Govt. of India, Ministry of Non- Conventional Energy Sources has recognized its importance and is laying greater emphasis on this aspect. It has its own department and has produced literature on various technologies like Solar, Wind , Bio-mass etc. It supports the State /UTs for bringing Mass Awareness by providing funding for publicity. Keeping in view the importance of mass awareness, it is proposed that this aspect needs to be promoted in a big way.

Non Conventional Energy Sources, whether for urban or rural use, is a new field. The information on the various aspects of the technology whether it is a development of the gadgets / devices, their commercialization or utilization is very limited. There is always a need to share ideas, views and knowledge among the developers, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, implementing agencies etc.

Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP)

The broad objectives of this programme will focus on the following two major areas during the 11th Five Year Plan:

  • Provision of energy for meeting the basic needs of cooking, heating and lighting , especially for the weaker sections by utilizing locally available energy resources to the extent possible.
  • Provision of energy as the critical input for the economic development in the rural areas which would result in the creation of employment, increased productivity and income, and accelerating sustainable energy technologies for rural development.

The Brief details of the key projects being implementing by the Department in UT Chandigarh are as follow:

Biotechnology Policy

The Biotechnology Policy was announced by the Hon’ble Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh . The Department is taking necessary steps for the effective implementation of Biotechnology Policy in UT Chandigarh.

The Policy contains the following components:

  • Biotechnology Incubator Facility.
  • State of the Art Research.
  • Bio-informatics Facilities.
  • Consultancy Services Cell.
  • Propagation.
  • Identifying Business Potential.
  • Plant Breeding.
  • Cloning.
  • Agro-Industrial Development.
  • Plant Breeding.
  • Facilitation Committee.
  • Expert Committee.

Setting up of Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant

The Union Territory of Chandigarh does not have its own power generating unit of any kind. It derives the power from the neighboring States and distributes to the consumers. It has to rely solely on the power generation capacity of the States and in case of any eventuality in these Stations, the residents of the Chandigarh have also to suffer.

The Chandigarh Administration has decided to set up Grid Interactive Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant of Capacity 25 KW on the above technology.

Battery Operated Vehicle (BOV)

There is a growing concern about the environmental degradation due to increased number of vehicles that are plying on the Chandigarh roads, emitting obnoxious gases polluting the atmosphere, with the increase in population and traffic. The number of vehicles that are coming on the roads is multiplying day by day and hence the pollution is increasing. Since the emphasis is being laid on the pollution free environment, this can only be achieved through environment friendly vehicle.

In view of the above, a scheme “Demonstration of Battery Operated Vehicle” has been taken up by the Department of Science & Technology, Chandigarh Administration with the financial assistance of Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources, Govt. of India. During this month, the Department launched a 4-Seater Car named REVA which is totally pollution free and running on batteries. The top speed of the Car is 65 km/hr and consumes 9 units of electricity per charges for running up to 80-90 Kms.

Battery Operated Vehicle 16-seater is being run satisfactory by the Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh During the F.Y.2005-2006 subsidy was provided to DCF (Forest Department) and REVA CAR has purchased by the Forest Department. During the F.Y.2006-2007 subsidy was provided Police Department of Chandigarh and 3 Nos. REVA CARs has purchased by Police Department Chandigarh.

Setting up of Energy Park

The state level energy park has been set up at Botanical Garden, Village Sarangpur, Chandigarh which was sanctioned by GoI, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and handling over work is under process.

  1. it will provide platform for understanding the importance of energy conservation.

  2. Will educate children and their parents through entertainment as educational tours conducted at the Botanical Garden and also visited by general public in large numbers.

Solar Photovoltaic Programme

  • Solar Powered Traffic Signal Systems

It has been decided to provide Solar Powered Traffic Signals on the rotary of Sector 21, 22,34, & 35 in collaboration with the Engineering Department of Administration. The Traffic Signals will be operational during the day time of Solar Energy and in the evening hours, these will run on conventional energy.

The Department has installed 10 Nos. Solar Powered Blinkers, with Light Emitting Diode (LED), at prominent places and are working satisfactorily.

  • SPV Street Lighting Systems

Whole of village Kaimbwala have been provided with 100% Street lighting with Solar Photovoltaic Power. 58 Nos. Solar Street Light have been installed at rural / urban area of Chandigarh during the F.Y. 2006-2007.

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