Initiative for Research and Innovation in STEM (IRIS) National Fair is a public-private partnership program funded by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), and Broadcom; and implemented by EXSTEMPLAR Education Linkers Foundation. 


IRIS promotes and nurtures Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research amongst young Indian innovators. It recognizes and rewards outstanding projects and provides a platform for young innovators to get recognized at national and international STEM events. 


The IRIS National Fair is conducted annually in India for school students, who compete in 21 subject categories. Winners of the IRIS National Fair go on to represent India at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in USA. Till 2021, a total of 291 Indian students have participated in ISEF and have won 177 awards and accolades at this unique mega international event.

Why Join Us

The Fair will be an opportunity for school students to gain an immersive experience and witness innovative projects created by their peers.

 Attendees will be able to access live sessions on diverse topics by individuals from national and international organizations; visit the showcase zone featuring 100 outstanding innovative, research-based STEM projects across 21 subject categories; explore scholarship options within India and overseas; explore fun games and win prizes and participation certificates.

Who Should Attend

The Virtual Fair will be open for Students (class 5 and above), Principals, Teachers and all STEM enthusiasts.


Mr. Sujit Banerjee

Scientist F
Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India

Mr. Jiju George

Country HR Head and Board of Director
Broadcom, India

Dr. Praveen Arora

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India

Ms. Paula Golden

Broadcom Foundation

Ms Sharon E Kumar

Fair Director - IRIS
COO - Exstemplar

Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary

Officer on Special Duty (OSD)
Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

Mr. Cyrus Poncha

Dronacharya Awardee, Vice-President
Asian Squash Federation (ASF)

Dr. Biswajit Saha

Director - Vocational Skills and Training
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
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Agenda details

20 January, 2022

Alternate Career Paths

09:35 PM - 10:35 PM

Art, Music and STEM

10:40 PM - 11:45 PM

Being Mindful of the Environment - IRIS 2022 Webinar

11:55 PM - 01:15 AM

21 January, 2022

Yoga and STEM

01:20 AM - 02:20 AM

The motivation behind mentoring innovations for IRIS National Fair

02:20 AM - 03:00 AM

Stars of IRIS

03:00 AM - 04:00 AM

Learn how to protect Intellectual Property

04:00 AM - 05:05 AM

Opening Ceremony

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
By Mr. Sujit Banerjee, Mr. Jiju George, Dr. Praveen Arora, Ms. Paula Golden, Ms Sharon E Kumar

- Welcome by Mr. Sujit Banerjee, Scientist F, Department of Science and Technology (DST) - Innovation in this time of uncertainty, a Special Address by Mr. Jiju George Country HR Head and Board of Director, Broadcom, India. - New Perspectives; New Dimensions;, a Special Address by Dr. Praveen Arora Head NCSTC, DST. - Appreciating the power of Research and Innovation in STEM, a Special Address by Ms Paula Golden, President, Broadcom Foundation. Vote of Thanks – Ms Sharon E Kumar, Fair Director IRIS ISEF Winners 2021 for India share their winning experiences

Advocating the role of women in STEM

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
By Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary

STEM in Sports

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
By Mr. Cyrus Poncha

The importance of innovation in India

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
By Dr. Biswajit Saha

Scholarship Opportunities: Session with RISE

12:30 PM - 01:00 PM

Scholarship Opportunities: Session with RSI

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Scholarship Opportunities: Session with FFE

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
By Mr. Ram Kolavennu, Dr. Sudha Kidao

IRIS 2022 - Awards Ceremony

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
By Mr. Sujit Banerjee, Dr. Praveen Arora, Ms Sharon E Kumar

- IRIS 2021-22: An Overview - Special Address Mr. Sujit Banerjee, Scientist F, Department of Science and Technology (DST) - Special Awards (announcement by Emcee) (with ppt) - Grand Awards (announcement by Emcee) (with ppt) - Felicitation Note by Dr. Praveen Arora Head NCSTC, DST Vote of Thanks Ms Sharon E Kumar, Fair Director IRIS

How to Attend

1. Register

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2. Login

Look for our update emails and use the provided credential on the virtual event day

3. Attend

Get access to the virtual event: Presentations, Panel Discussions, Networking Areas, and a lot more