Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2016

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In order to promote creativity and originality in children, National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, had been organizing IGNITE awards in memory of Dr. Kalam.  Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition, is an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of children  Students are invited to send their original creative technological ideas and innovations for the same. Starting in 2008, in the last seven years, 142 awards have been given to 202 children.

Original creative technological ideas and innovations of the students OR/AND any technological idea/innovation that solves any daily problem be it household, of porters, labourers, or the like. In addition, during their vacations or otherwise, the students are encouraged to look for other people who come out with innovative machines/devices or solve day to day problems using their creativity. Similarly they are also encouraged to document and learn traditional knowledge practices from their elders in their family and neighbourhood. The purpose is to expose them to the rich traditional heritage we have, facilitating its transfer from generation to generation. The students submitting the maximum number of properly documented entries (Innovations/Traditional Knowledge) to the schools (which would forward them to NIF) or directly to NIF would be given appreciation certificates from NIF. For each innovation/traditional knowledge practice spotted and documented by the student, he/she will be credited as being the ‘Scout’ for that particular innovation/traditional knowledge in records.

Eligibility : Students up to class 12 in school or those up to the age of 17 years out of school.

Submission Procedure:   Interested students should submit the following:  name, age, class, school name & address, home address & contact number, title of the project/idea/innovation, detailed description, diagrams/sketches/photos if any and a simple declaration that the project has been done by the student himself/herself without guidance from teachers/parents. If required later,  may request a declaration from school and/or parents that the project of the student has been unsupervised.

The submissions for the contest can be sent to .

  1. Email the details at ignite@nifindia.org


  1. Submit online at http://nif.org.in/submitidea.php


  1. Mail them at the following address (directly/through the Principal)

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2016 National Innovation Foundation – India Satellite Complex, Premchand Nagar Road, Jodhpur Tekra, Satellite Ahmedabad 380 015, Gujarat

Deadline :  Students can submit entries in group provided each member of the group contributes significantly to the development of the idea/innovation/project. Groups where teachers/parents are included will not be considered. The entries will be received till 31st August 2016. All entries received after this date will not be considered for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2017 competition. The name of the winners will be announced on October 15, 2016 and award function date will be announced later.

NIF will provide to and from train travel support to the student(s) and only one person accompanying the student(s) from the student’s home town to Ahmedabad. Local hospitality will be provided by NIF in Ahmedabad. Any other person(s) accompanying the award winner or any other person interested to visit the exhibition would have to bear all their costs (travel/stay/food) themselves.

Any queries may be addressed to NIF at Email: ignite@nifindia.org or Telephone numbers +91-79-26732456 / 2095, Fax: +91-79-26731903

For more details & Eligibility, Terms and Conditions please refer the Website : Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards

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