A total of 21 students from different parts of the country have been declared winners of the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition held by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology.
The Foundation holds the national competition every year in which children up to Class 12 or those out of school up to the age of 17 years are invited to present original technological ideas and innovations.
Over 60,000 entries of students from 544 districts across the country were received during the IGNITE 2019 competition, which ran from September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019. Of them, 18 ideas and innovations proposed by 21 students from nine states and Union Territories have been selected for the award. NIF announced the winners on Tuesday to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Kalam, which the Foundation celebrates as Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day.
Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, will present the awards at a function at the Foundation’s campus at Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, on November 30. An exhibition showcasing award winning ideas will also be held on the occasion.
Education departments and agencies of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Telangana, Meghalaya, Mizoram, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Chhattisgarh actively promoted the IGNITE 2019 campaign.
The winners are: Vinisha Umashankar, A.J. Surya, S. Venkateswaran and R.R.Venuram (Tamil Nadu); Baibhav Parida, Tanmay Kumar Sethi, Swastik Subham, and Devjit Prasad Majhi (Orissa); Padmashri, Swadha Krishn, and Suyash Patel (Karnataka); Vishwa Goswami and Kishan H. Thakor (Gujarat); Archit Aryaman and Raktim Das (Assam); Anuj Mishra (Uttar Pradesh); Siddhant Kumar and Shivam Amritesh (Bihar); Yash Pramod Jadhav (Maharashtra); Asim Sikandar Mir and Sayeeda Banoo (Jammu and Kashmir).
NIF has been actively engaged in promoting creativity and innovation in the country. It is majorly focussed on bringing out the creativity of knowledge-rich but economically poor in the country. Among other things, it aims to document, add value, and protect the intellectual property rights of technological innovators and traditional knowledge-holders in the informal sector.