The Honey Bee Network, SRISTI and GIAN jointly organised a national competition of students’ innovative and creative ideas with the name of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Ignited Mind Children Creativity and Innovation Awards 2020 during a virtual ceremony on Thursday. The competition received around 9,000 entries from 22 states and union territories. Out of these, 9 awards and 6 appreciations were conferred during the event.
The competition accepts entries from students up to class 12 or children up-to 18 years of age. This award aims to develop a culture of the samvedana (sensation) amongst the children to address unmet social needs. The idea is to make children aware of the problems and hardships that have been faced by the common people in their day-to-day lives and with which many of us have learned to live with. Hence, if children start becoming impatient with social inertia at an early age, it is likely that they will bring about more creative and compassionate changes in the society as they grow up.
Prof Anil Gupta, founder, Honey Bee Network, SRISTI, GIAN, and National Innovation Foundation (NIF) while welcoming the guests highlighted that Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam had always been a great promoter that children should be allowed to think without any bias or notion implanted onto them. He also stressed that children, when left free to think and act according to their own will, look for unconventional ideas to solve unmet societal needs.
Dr RA Mashelkar, former Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), while addressing the children, pointed out the need to promote more such activities at national as well as local level to encourage children to work towards meeting the unmet needs of the society. He also said that even if we eventually find water on the moon, it would be of little help if we could not save water in our surrounding areas. He also mentioned when people ask him why is he such an optimistic personality, he says that it is the children of this country which gives him hope and confidence that India’s future is in good hands and so the reason behind him being such an optimistic person.
For the screening and selection of the awards, the members of the review committee included Prof Anil Gupta; PVM Rao, Professor and Head, Department of Design, IIT Delhi;, Dr Viswajanani Sattigeri, Head, CSIR TKDL; Prof Vijaya Sherry Chand, Professor & Chairperson, Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, IIM Ahmedabad; Prof Ambrish Dongre, Professor, RJMCEI, IIM Ahmedabad; Prof Premilla D’Cruz, Professor, IIM Ahmedabad; Prof Navdeep Mathur, Professor, IIM Ahmedabad; Dr Vipin Kumar, Director and Chief Innovation Officer, NIF; Dr Nitin Maurya, Scientist, NIF and Dr Anamika Dey CEO, Gujarat Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network (GIAN).
The entries were received from students of all classes from rural government schools and private schools in metropolitan areas. The organisers received entries from even dropout children. This shows that awards are not restricted to students from any particular background and their creativity cannot be limited by any constraints.
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