Indian scientist and philanthropist, Dr. Yusuf Hamied, recently announced the launch of the Inspirational Science Programme. Dr. Hamied and the Royal Society of Chemistry jointly celebrated the successful closure of the Yusuf Hamied Inspirational Chemistry Programme (YHICP), which helped in delivering workshops to over 23,000 teachers, from 2014 to 2018. More than 9,000 schools across the 26 states of India benefited. Rs. 8.7 cr was committed towards the programme.
Dr. Yusuf Hamied, Chairperson of Cipla, said, “The first phase of this programme was a tremendous success, reaching three times more people than we had originally targeted. The impact on education across the country cannot be underestimated. That’s why I am excited to announce the continuation of this programme with the Royal Society of Chemistry over the next four years, which I believe will deliver even greater results.”
Dr. Robert Parker, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said, “Dr Hamied’s generosity has led to the establishment of a programme that has already helped hundreds of thousands of students. We are delighted that he has felt strongly enough about the benefit of this programme to support its expansion and we are excited to continue to deliver a programme of real benefit to Indian science.”
Dr. Yusuf Hamied added that new generation of chemists and scientists from India could play a vital role in shaping the future.
“We must make sure our teachers have the right tools and information to ensure students are excited and engaged by chemistry so we can nurture the next generation of talent.”