There is hardly a school without a National Cadet Corps branch. The government is set to create a similar corps, albeit in the field of innovation, to encourage the spirit of science among children. This year, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) will reach out to five lakh schools to crowdsource ideas and proposals for innovation. The best proposals, around 1 lakh, will be selected for creating prototypes by children (class VI to XII) with help from the department, DST secretary Ashotosh Sharma.Workshops will be held and select prototypes displayed at district and state levels under the Rs 200-crore project. The final 100 prototypes will be displayed at a national innovation festival.The government will also reach out to ITIs to create innovation ecosystems. The government has also started two projects for youngsters, Young Scientist and Research Initiation Schemes.