Submit Student’s Ideas /Innovations under INSPIRE Awards MANAK Programme on http://www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in). INSPIRE Awards-MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge) programme: ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research’ (INSPIRE) scheme is one of the flagship programme of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.
The scheme covers students in the age group of 10-32 years and has five components. Inspire Online nomination for the year has been opened. The first component, INSPIRE Awards – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge) is being executed by the National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) and Department of Science & Technology (DST). It aims to motivate students in the age group of 10-15 years and studying in classes 6 to 10, to pursue Science and a Career in Research.
The scheme is aligned with the Action Plan for the “Start-up India” initiative launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The objective of the scheme is to target one million original ideas/innovations rooted in science and societal applications to foster a culture of creativity and innovative thinking among school children. This will help address the societal needs through science and technology and nurture them to become sensitive and responsible citizens and innovation leaders of tomorrow.
Under this scheme students may submit innovative ideas/innovations through schools in any Indian language and the best 1 lakh ideas/projects will receive Rs. 10,000/- per student through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and get a chance to participate in District Level Competition.
Ten percent of students will be shortlisted further to participate at State level Competition. One thousand students will showcase their innovations at the National level and finally, sixty innovative projects will be incubated completely (patent filing, value addition in technology and product development, etc.) by NIF and will be displayed at Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
The schools may submit a student’s ideas/innovations in the prescribed format on E-MIAS (http://www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in). NIF has requested you to please organize an idea/innovation competition in your schools and submit the best of 2 to 3 ideas/innovations immediately. NIF is looking forward to your active participation.
The INSPIRE- MANAK Scheme for students in Class 6 to 10 to submit their innovative ideas online to bid for 100000 awards that would let them compete at state and national levels. For more information, you may visit on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4quPNjirE
This scheme will be operationalized as per the following steps: Submit Student’s Ideas /Innovations under INSPIRE Awards
Awareness and capacity building of District and State level functionaries across the country through the regional workshop and audio-visual tools and literature.
Organizing internal competitions in schools and nomination of two to three best original ideas, in any Indian language, by respective the Principal/Headmaster online through E-MIAS (E-Management of INSPIRE Award Scheme (www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in) portal.
The new schools may also register themselves on E-MIAS portal. Forwarding of nominations by District/State authorities to Department of Science and Technology through E-MIAS. Shortlisting of top 1,00,000 ideas, with potential to address societal needs through Science & Technology, by NIF. Disbursement of INSPIRE Award of INR 10,000 into bank accounts of students under the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme.
The organization of District Level Exhibition and Project Competition (DLEPC) by District/State authorities and shortlisting of 10,000 best ideas/innovations for State Level Exhibition and Project Competitions (SLEPC).
The organization of the State Level Exhibition & Project Competition (SLEPC) for further shortlisting of top 1,000 ideas/innovations. At this stage, NIF will provide mentoring support to students for the development of prototypes, in coordination with the reputed academic and technology institutions of the country..
Selection of ideas/innovations will be based on novelty, social applicability, environment friendliness, user-friendliness and comparative advantage over the existing similar technologies.
Showcasing 1,000 best ideas/innovations at National Level Exhibition & Project Competition (NLEPC) and shortlisting of top 60 prototypes/innovations for national awards and future direction.
Consideration of top 60 ideas/innovations by NIF for product/process development and their linkage with other schemes of NIF/DST and display of top innovations at the Annual Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Children will be encouraged to come up with creative ideas on their own. Parents or teachers can also play an important role in proposing a problem to the child or help in converting his/her idea into a prototype/model but not suggest the idea themselves.
The teachers may also lookup EMIAS portal (http://www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in/UserP/inspire-downloads.aspx) to see if the projects being developed by their wards have been not recognized already. This will help ensure originality and maintain the standard of the competition.
While selecting the projects the principals and jury members should bear in mind the degree of novelty of the idea, its social applicability, and end-use, environmental implications, potential impact, the scope for diffusion through commercial and/or non-commercial channels, relevance to existing government schemes, etc. may be considered.
The selection criteria will be based on innovation, creativity, and novelty of the project that a student proposes to undertake, as submitted in the synopsis. DST/NIF will make a conscious effort to represent girls and students belonging to SC/STs. Timeline for submission of ideas/innovations: Online nomination for this year has been opened. The schools will be able to submit their nominations till the 15-10-2021.
In order to create awareness of the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK scheme amongst the people, regional workshops and innovation workshops. The regional workshops will be organized prior to the submission of entries for the competition and the participants comprising of teachers, principals, district and state-level functionaries will be informed about the revised scheme and sensitized about the need for innovation.
The innovation workshops will be organized before the national level event at various R&D and engineering institutions. The focus will be on teaching the children basics about prototype development and improving the quality of products displayed at the national-level exhibition. In this process, children will gain knowledge by interacting with students and faculty from various engineering and design institutions.
- What kind of submissions are invited under INSPIRE AWARDS – MANAK?
Original and creative technological ideas/innovations of students that solve any daily problem, be it household or for farmers, porters, labourers, society or the like. Children may be urged to look around for common problems and come up with solutions on their own.
- Are any photos, videos, sketches of the idea/innovation required?
Yes, if available. These would help the reviewers to properly understand and evaluate the submission.
Things to be taken care of while nominating student ideas
All fields have to be filled properly and carefully on the E-MIAS portal.
The personal and bank account details of the student (including IFSC code and account number) should be rechecked.
Student name and Name in Bank account should matchexactly
In the title of the project, a suitable title describing the project should be given (for example “A device to climb Areca nut trees”, “An assistive walking aid for the elderly”, etc.) and not a broad theme like Agriculture, Swatcha Bharat, Swastha Bharat, Digital India, etc.
In the Summary of the project, the following points need to be included – what is the project about, what problem it addresses, and what the advantage is. Please see the example below
Title of the Project: Travelling bag with folding seats
Project Summary: Many a times travellers have to stand while waiting for a bus or train at the bus/train station as the number of seats available are few. The student has developed a travelling bag where a folding seat has been incorporated. This can be unfolded and used for sitting while waiting for the bus/train thereby eliminating the discomfort while standing for long time. It will be especially useful for ladies and elderly.
Other documents, if available, may be uploaded.
For more details please click on the following link http://www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in/download/manual/Title-Project-Synopsis-Eng.pdf
- What kinds of submissions are not encouraged?
As the aim of this scheme is to promote original and innovative thinking among school students, project ideas from textbooks, Do-It-Yourselves books/ Websites, other student competitions, etc. should NOT to be submitted. Projects simply demonstrating Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics concepts/theories are also NOT to be submitted. Common ideas/projects like hydel power projects, rain water harvesting, water level indicator, vermi compost/vermin wash, letter box alarm, using turbines to generate energy, electricity generation through waste batteries/dung/transport/wave or earthquake alarms, etc. may also be NOT submitted.
Children should be encouraged to come up with creative ideas on their own. Parents or teachers may propose a problem to the child or help in converting his/her idea into a prototype/model but NOT suggest the idea themselves. The teachers may also look up the web link below to check if the projects being developed by their wards have been not recognised already. This will help ensure originality and maintain the standard of the competition. (http://www.inspireawards-dst.gov,in/UserP/inspire-downloads.aspx)