National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) announced the winners of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2018 competition Monday on the birth anniversary of former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, which is celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2018 competition, 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.
According to NIF, over 90,000 submissions of students from 643 districts of all the states and union territories of India were received during the IGNITE 2018 competition, which ran from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. On November 17, 2018, a total of 31 students from 11 states will be awarded for their 21 ideas and innovations at the hands of Pranab Mukherjee, the former President of India at National Innovation Foundation – India’s Gandhinagar office. An exhibition showcasing award winning ideas will also be held at the venue.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam 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 boards, councils, directorates, departments of education, secondary education, higher secondary of Uttarakhand, Tripura, Punjab, Nagaland, Maharashtra, Haryana, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, state councils, institutes of education research and training of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and West Bengal Council of Rabindra Open Schooling, Chhattisgarh Sanskrit Vidyamandal, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan – Chhattisgarh also actively promoted the IGNITE 2018 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 the society. NIF has taken major initiatives to serve the knowledge-rich but economically poor people of the country. It focuses on 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.