New Delhi: It will soon be mandatory for scientists from various research organizations to give formal lectures, 12 hours a year, at schools and colleges, Jitendra Singh, minister of science, said at a press conference on Monday.

“We will enter into a formal understanding with national research institutes and collaborate with the HRD (human resource development) process to devise a mechanism to make this possible," the Union minister added.

The minister also announced a second scheme called KIRAN (Knowledge, Involvement, Research, Advancement through Nurturing) which will seek to bring gender parity in the field of science and technology. Under this scheme, the ministry will create leadership positions for women.

“Such a scheme would be useful for women who face inevitable breaks in their careers due to various reasons, we don’t have to lose out on them," said Singh. “The scheme would look at a mobility mechanism to help female scientists who have to change residences due to various compulsions."

The minister did not give details on how the new scheme would be different from existing schemes for women scientists.