The National Innovation Foundation- India (NIF) has announced the name of winners of the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 Award, on the 85th birthday of India’s scientist president.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2016 competition – a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations developed by children up to class 12 or those out of school up to the age of 17 years – is organised by NIF every year to promote creativity and originality among children. The awards of IGNITE competition are announced every year on October 15th, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday, which is celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.
Starting in 2008, in the last eight years, 173 awards have been given to 246 children. This year, a total of 32 students will be awarded for their ideas and innovations. Overall, 55,089 submissions of students from 458 districts of all the states and union territories of India were received during the IGNITE 2016 competition, which ran from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016. The award ceremony will be held on November 07, 2016 where President of India, Pranab Mukherjee will give away the awards to the creative children at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
An exhibition showcasing award winning ideas will be held at the venue. NIF will file patents in all applicable cases in the name of the students and will also engage designers and fabricators to develop prototypes of the students’ ideas. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition is organized by NIF in association with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Honey Bee Network, and other partners. A number of other State Educational Boards such as Board of School Education Haryana, Nagaland Board of School Education, Directorate of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, Lok Sikshan Sanchalanalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, Dept. of School Education, Govt. of Chhattisgarh and Mizoram Board of School Education also actively promoted the IGNITE campaign.
NIF, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has been actively engaged in promoting creativity and innovation in our society with active support of Honey Bee Network. NIF has taken major initiatives to serve the knowledge-rich but economically poor people of the country. It is committed to making India innovative by documenting, adding value, protecting the intellectual property rights (IPR) of the contemporary unaided technological innovators as well as of outstanding traditional knowledge-holders and disseminating their innovations on commercial and non-commercial basis.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Award is an effort to focus primarily on the creativity of the children and promote inclusive and compassionate thinking among them.