Swadeshi Science Movement (SSM), the Kerala chapter of Vijnana Bharati is a popular science movement that aims at developing and propagating science at all levels. SSM organizes several programmes for students in Kerala; Sastra Pratibha Matsaram (SPM) and Face to Face with Frontiers in Science are some of the programmes which mainly target school students.
Sastra Pratibha Matsaram is a unique science talent contest which was initiated in 1999 with the aim of popularizing the Indian contribution to science among students in Kerala. SPM has been sought after by students and teachers alike right from inception and through the years, it has become a grand event that has a participation of around 10000 students. Following its success, similar talent search contests are being held at 22 Indian States and United Arab Emirates. Eminent scientists and academicians such as our former Hon. President Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Prof. V.N. R. Pillai,Prof. Yash Pal, Dr.Vijay Bhatkar are among those who have guided our venture. SPM is strongly supported by the Govt. of India, news media, public and private enterprises.
This year, we are proud to announce the launch of the 14th Sastra Prathiba Matsaram.