The Nagaland Board of School Education has informed the ‘Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 18’ Competition is underway and entries are being accepted till August 31.
The competition is an initiative of the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
According to a DIPR report, NIF had been successfully undertaking the competition in collaboration with the Honey Bee Network, CBSE, National/State Education Boards and other partners with the aim to harness the creative potential of school children.
In the last campaign (2017), overwhelming responses of students (65000 submissions) were received from all States and Union Territories of the country.
Out of these, 56 students’ ideas were selected for awards after rigorous screening.
The NBSE has decided to partner with NIF so that students of the state can also participate in the IGNITE 18 competition, the report said.
The details of competition are:
a. The last date for submission of entries to NIF, directly by the students or through schools: August 31.
b. Entries can be submitted at the following address:
i. Through postal services:
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 18 Competition
National Innovation Foundation – India
Grambharti, Amrapur, Gandhinagar – Mahudi Road
Gandhinagar, Gujarat – 382650
Tel: 02764261131/ 32/ 38/ 39
ii. Through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Entries may be submitted in the following categories:
(i) Technological practical ideas to solve any problem in day to day life.
(ii) Real life technological projects demonstrating innovative ways of solving problems or reducing drudgery or generating efficiency or conserving resources (projects demonstrating application of known scientific concepts or theories will not be accepted).
(iii) Traditional knowledge practices documented from elders in and around one’s family.
(iv) Information about some other innovators in the neighbourhood.
d. Each entry (in case of i & ii above) should be accompanied with a certificate from parents and teachers saying that the idea/innovation has been developed and documented by the student concerned entirely on his/her own without any guidance or support from them.
e. The awards will be announced on October 15, 2018, birthday of former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam celebrated as Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day. The Awards function date will be announced later on.
f. NIF will provide support for patenting and incubating innovative projects into products in all deserving cases. For the last few years, NIF has been able to file patents for each award winner of the IGNITE competitions apart from facilitating prototype development in most of the cases. Winners of the earlier IGNITE competitions have also won awards in NIF’s National Competition at the hands of the President of India. Many student winners have participated in the innovation exhibitions organised by NIF at the RashtrapatiBhavan and inaugurated by the President. IGNITE winners have also been selected in the Innovation Scholar-in-Residence program of the RashtrapatiBhavan in the last three years. Many have been interviewed by leading national print and electronic media.
g. IGNITE Awards winners are also eligible to get 10 bonus marks while applying for admission in B.Tech program at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIITD), an autonomous institute of the Government of Delhi. These bonus marks are in addition to the 100 marks an applicant gets based on the JEE (Mains) and Class XII marks.
NBSE request all to inform the students to participate in this competition with their creative ideas or innovations. “Let us all make efforts to identify the young and best minds so that with their ideas and innovations, the society gets the benefits,” the report further stated.