New Delhi: Atal innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, in association with UNICEF and MyGov announced the top 30 winners of the Gandhian Challenge on 19 November. The Challenge was organized to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Gandhian challenge sought innovative solutions based on Gandhian principles for new world challenges such as global warming, and increasing violence and intolerance. Entries were sought from students in classes 6-12 across two categories – Art & Innovation, and Science and Technology & Innovation
It saw the participation from more than 3,800 children and nearly 3,000 Atal Tinkering Lab schools, as well as community schools.
The aim of the challenge was to encourage children to read and understand Mahatma Gandhi’s principles and apply them to come up with innovative solutions for New World challenges.
One of the innovative ideas that students sent in include a design of a low cost mechanical equipment to clear blockages in sewage pipes, which would ease the work of sewage workers.
Another entry uses IoT solutions to monitor the health of ageing parents. This information can be accessed remotely via mobile app.
Mission Director of AIM, NITI Aayog, R Ramanan said, “The Gandhian Challenge was to stimulate the latent creativity and innovative thinking of every student be it in art, science or technology. This Challenge proved that children are extremely observant of the pain and problems around them and think out of the box to depict and ideate solutions to solve some of these problems.”
The Challenge is timed to link with the global celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). On 20 November 1989, world leaders united around a common cause and adopted the CRC, an international agreement on childhood that helped transform children’s lives. Each year, 20 November is celebrated as World Children’s Day.
Congratulating the winners, UNICEF India Representative Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, said, “The Ghandian Challenge is a fitting celebration of Article 12 of the CRC, which guarantees every child the right to be heard, to participate, and to play a role in the civic life of their society.”
Abhishek Singh, CEO of MyGov, while congratulating the winners and participants said that the overwhelming response from children all over proves the commitment and Gandhian values in society.
“Very often, the question is raised as to whether the values of Mahatma Gandhi that inspired the world are still relevant in a world dominated by technology, global warming, and, sadly, beset by strife. The answer is a resounding yes, if the recent Gandhian Challenge is any indication,” said Singh.
The winners from the challenge will be awarded certificates by the Mission Director of AIM, UNICEF Representative in India, and CEO of MyGov.
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