The National Innovation Foundation- India (NIF) has released the list of winners of the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2015 Award, on his 84th birth anniversary on Thursday.
IGNITE, a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations 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 15, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday, which is celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.
“This year, a total 31 ideas by 40 students of 27 districts from 18 states will be awarded for their ideas/innovations. Overall, 28,106 submissions of students from 425 districts of all the States and union territories were received during the IGNITE 15 competition, which ran from September 1, 2014 to September 10, 2015,” informs Dr Vipin Kumar, Director and Chief Innovation Officer, NIF.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee will give away the awards to the 31 innovations from across the country on November 30, 2015 in Ahmedabad.
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.
The IGNITE competition is organised 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, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Education, Directorate of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education, Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, Dept. of School Education, Chhattisgarh and Directorate of School Education, Govt. of Puducherry also actively promoted the IGNITE campaign.
NIF had been continuously guided by Dr Kalam since 2002 when, as the President of the country, he honoured grassroots innovators during NIF’s second National Award ceremony. He continued to motivate the young and old alike, giving away 142 IGNITE awards to 202 children since its inception in 2008 till 2014.