Dimapur, June 25: The Nagaland Board of School Education has notified that the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam IGNITE 18 Competition under the initiative of the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, is underway and entries are being accepted till August 31, 2018.
NIF had been successfully undertaking the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 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), an overwhelming response of students (65000 submissions) was received from all States and Union Territories of the country. Out of these, 56 students’ ideas were selected for awards after rigorous screening. The Award Function was organized at the Grambharati, Gandhinagar, Gujarat where the former President Pranab Mukherjee gave away the awards.
The NBSE informed that it has decided to partner with NIF so that students of the State can also participate in the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 18 competition.
The last date for submission of entries to NIF, directly by the students or through schools at the following address or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org is August 31: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 18 Competition; National Innovation Foundation – India; Grambharti, Amrapur, Gandhinagar – Mahudi Road; Gandhinagar, Gujarat – 382650; Tel: 02764261131/ 32/ 38/ 39.
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 and (iv) Information about some other innovators in the neighbourhood.
Each entry (in case of i and 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.
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.
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.
(Page News Service)