Morung Express News
Dimapur | November 19
An entry by Nafisa Afreen Choudhury, a student of Delhi Public School Dimapur, has been selected as the top 30 innovations of The Gandhian Challenge.
Organised by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog in association with UNICEF and MyGov, the Challenge was organised across India.
Nafisa’s entry titled, ‘No to Racism,’ in ‘Art & Innovation’ category was among the 30 winners announced by the organiser on November 19.
A total of 3800 innovations were received from the nearly 3000 Atal Tinkering Lab schools along with community schools that participated in the Challenge organized to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the NITI Aayog said in a statement.
The Challenge was held to bring Gandhi’s “values – including truth, non-violence, service and leadership – alive by designing and innovating for a new world built on these powerful guiding principles,” it said.
Based on the two themes - Science, Technology & Innovation and Art & Innovation, the Challenge sought innovative solutions from students studying in classes 6-12 based on Gandhian principles for new world challenges such as global warming, increasing violence and intolerance etc, it added.
Some of the innovative ideas that the students have sent in include a design of low cost mechanical equipment to clear blockages in sewage pipes and IoT solutions to monitor the health of ageing parents, the statement said.
The Challenge is timed to link with global celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), it said.
On November 20, 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, November 20 is celebrated as World Children’s Day, it added.
The winners from the Challenge will be awarded certificates by Mission Director – AIM, UNICEF Representative in India and CEO, My Gov.