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)
Integrated Rural Energy Planning (IREP)
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
The Brief details of the key projects being implementing by the
Department in UT Chandigarh are as follow:
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
The Policy contains the following components:
- Biotechnology Incubator Facility.
- State of the Art Research.
- Bio-informatics Facilities.
- Consultancy Services Cell.
- Identifying Business Potential.
- Plant Breeding.
- 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
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
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.
will provide platform for understanding the importance of energy
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
- 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.