Science & Technology & Renewable Energy
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 and accordingly the name of the department was changed to Department of Science & Technology & Renewable Energy (S&T&RE) in the year 2016. Department has constituted a registered society under it with the name Chandigarh Renewal Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST) with a mandate to develop Chandigarh into a model solar city.
Organizational Structure of the department
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 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 term 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 related to Science popularization including Organizing Science Quizzes, Science, State Level Science Exhibition, Science Tours, Competition on Scientific Models, Essay Writing amongst the school / college students, Publicity in Electronic, print or other media sponsoring innovative projects of students in the institutes/colleges of U.T, Chandigarh are taken up under the scheme.
Various activities are carried out throughout the year by different modes such as Print Media, Science Slides, Public Debates, Slogan Competition, Hand Bills, Audio & Visual Multimedia CDs, Poster Making, Quiz, Mobile Van, Drama / Skit, Healthcare Talk, Animation Posters etc., Lectures, Melas, Debates, Film Shows, Folk Performances & Science Exhibitions etc.
Non Conventional Sources
of Energy (NCSE)
i) Model Solar City Programme
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 these States and in case of any eventuality in these Stations the residents of the Chandigarh have also to suffer. To overcome from this situation, U.T has to produce its own power. The appropriate route for power generation suited to U.T, Chandigarh is Solar Photovoltaic. This is also a green energy initiative. As land is scarce resource in Chandigarh, so rooftop, based SPV plant are being planned.
Chandigarh has been selected to be developed as a Model Solar City by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. Under this scheme, CREST is the executing agency for Department of Science & Technology & Renewable Energy for rooftop based SPV Plant.
Further, ‘Solar City’ is an umbrella scheme with solar as umbrella tag, but it includes promotion of all renewable energy options. For the development, implementation, coordinate and monitoring of the scheme of development of Chandigarh as Model Solar City, a Solar City cell has been setup in CREST
For the development, implementation, coordinate and monitoring of the scheme of development of Chandigarh as Model Solar City, a Solar City cell has been setup in CREST.
ii) State Level Energy Park
The state Level Energy Park has been set up in the Botanical Garden at Sarangpur, U.T. Chandigarh. The State Level Energy Park has different demonstration units based and run by Solar Energy, objects on theme Conservation of Energy, Solar run Video Games, Cars, Train, SPV Street Lights, Wind Energy generation, Storage of Energy etc.
The land measuring 3.00 acres and other facilities has been provided by the Department of Forests, Chandigarh Administration. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India had sanctioned a financial assistance of Rs.88 lac to meet the procurement cost of different solar devices to be installed and commissioned in the Energy Park. The rest cost component has been met from U.T. funds.
iii) 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.