Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh announced a huge prize money to boost young talent in the state. Babu attended as a chief guest during the inauguration of Indian Children’s Science Congress at Sri Padmavati Women’s University at Tirupati. Speaking in the event, he announced that his government would give prize money of Rs 100 crore to the person who wins Nobel Prize from Andhra Pradesh state.
The announcement is first of its scale for any academic achievement, in a country where cash prizes for sportspersons winning international medals like those in Olympics are not rare. Recently we saw Olympic badminton silver medallist PV Sindhu was showered with cash inducements running into nearly Rs 20 crore by various governments and organizations.
Naidu announced this bumper offer during the inauguration of Indian Children’s Science Congress at Sri Padmavati Women’s University at Tirupati on the offshoots of 104th Indian Science Congress. Addressing to the young talent, he said, “India has not been able to produce many Nobel Prize winning scientists despite having plentiful talent. Moreover, those who had won the prize had settled in other countries. There is a lot of possibility among the youngsters in the state, and I am sure, if they are heartened, Nobel Prize will come to the feet.”
“In this connection, Chandra Babu made an interesting statement that if any scientist from AP state who will win Nobel Prizes will get a reward of Rs 100 crore as prize money. I would like to tell young and talented scientists to take this opportunity as a challenge and boost. It only depends on your hard work, and I hope you can do it. The prize money is simply to encourage guys, and you can work hard for Nobel prize and bring glory to India and our state,” he added.
Stating that his government would encourage young talent every time and India needs creative and innovative scientists who are packed with ideas in the science sector. Previously, he placed foundation stone for a Science museum at Alipiri worth Rs 1,500 crore