Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2019 for Indian Students’ Ideas and Innovations

Deadline: 31 August 2019

National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, is seeking nominations for its Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2019 to promote creativity and originality in children.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition is an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of children (up to Standard XII in school or those up to the age of 17 years out of school). Students are invited to send their original and creative technological ideas and innovations for the same.

Starting in 2008, in the past nine years, 201 awards have been given to 277 children. The total number of submissions from school children received during the various IGNITE campaigns is 1,54,500. NIF decided to commemorate the IGNITE Awards in his memory and rechristened the awards as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards, so that creative children continue to draw inspiration from his spirit. NIF will continue to announce the awards every year on October 15, Dr Kalam’s birthday, which is also celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.

Why this contest?

Creativity among children is almost innate. Every child is creative, the degree may vary though but, not its basic manifestation. Then what happens during growth and maturation? Why should children stop asking basic questions? Why do they agree to do repetitive science projects instead of being original? Why do they learn to live with unsolved social and professional problems? We should not allow our children to live with such problems. Rather, we must urge them to come up with solutions to these. The contest wants to promote originality, creativity and innovative spirit among our children so that when they become leaders of our society, they ensure an imaginative, inclusive and innovative future for the country. We want our children to be more sensitive to the problems faced by not just them and their families or neighbours but also other socially-disadvantaged sections of the society.

What is invited for the contest?

Original and creative technological ideas and innovations of the students OR/AND any technological idea/innovation that solves any daily-life problem, be it household or of porters, labourers, or the likes. In addition, during their vacations or otherwise, the students are encouraged to look for other people who come out with innovative machines/devices or solve day-to-day problems using their creativity. Similarly, they are also encouraged to document and learn traditional knowledge (TK) practices from elders in their families and neighbourhood. The purpose is to expose them to the rich traditional heritage that we have, facilitating its transfer from generation to generation. The students submitting the maximum number of properly-documented entries (innovations/TK) to the schools (which would forward them to NIF) or directly to NIF, would be given appreciation certificates. For each innovation/TK practice spotted and documented by the student, he/she will be credited as being the ‘scout’ of that innovation/TK in records.

Benefits

NIF will provide to and fro train travel supports to the student(s) and only one person accompanying the student(s) from the student’s home location to Ahmedabad. Local hospitality will be provided by NIF in Ahmedabad.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students from any educational board can participate in Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition. The children, who are out of school, up to the age of 17 years can also participate.
  • The students are encouraged to submit as many entries as they wish.
  • Students can submit entries in groups, provided each member of the group contributes significantly to the development of the idea/innovation/project. Groups, where teachers/parents are included, will not be considered.
  • Students from any background viz. arts, commerce, etc. can participate in the competition.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via 3 mediums (mentioned below) at the address given on the website:

  • Online,
  • postal, or
  • Email.

Eligible Country: India

For more information, please visit IGNITE Awards 2019.

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