Science & 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 &
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
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
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
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.
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
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 Chandigarh.
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 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
Setting up of Energy Park
An Energy Park has been planned and a site of 3 Acres of land
has been earmarked in the Botanical Garden. The project is under
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.