Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India has released INSPIRE Awards 2021 notification on its official website under Inspire Awards – MANAK Scheme. The last date for submitting nominations for INSPIRE Awards – MANAK is extended until 15th October, 2021
The nominations are now open for the annual INSPIRE Awards 2021-22 at MANAK Web Portal and DST urge you to sensitize the students in your school and mobilize nominations in large numbers. This is an ideal time for organizing idea competition amongst students of class 6th to 10th and age between 10 – 15 years, such that they get suitable time to think and deliver the most innovative idea to you.
This year DST, NIF and Govt of India have facilitated a submission of a maximum of five ideas or innovations per school through the online portal (www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in) till 15th October 2021 such that no meritorious idea gets ignored. They request you to please do not wait till last date.
INSPIRE Awards MANAK Scheme Details
|Name of the awards||INSPIRE Awards 2021|
|Scheme Name||INSPIRE Awards – MANAK Scheme|
|INSPIRE Full form||Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research|
|MANAK Full Form||Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge|
|Scheme Aim||INSPIRE Scheme aims to motivate students in studying in classes 6 to 10.|
The INSPIRE Awards – MANAK 2021 is looking for Science and Technology based ideas and innovations from millions of school students who are studying from class 6th to 10th across the country. The last date to submit is 15th October, 2021.
MANAK means Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge is an initiative to foster a culture of innovation and creative thinking amongst students to address societal needs through Science and Technology.
The INSPIRE Award – MANAK 2021 is being revamped and executed by DST and National Innovation Foundation-India to align it with the action plan for “Start-up India” initiative launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. An opportunity for all state of our country to gear up and utilize remaining time until 15th October 2021 to catch up with states leading the way in INSPIRE Awards – MANAK 2021-22.
INSPIRE Awards MANAK million minds augmenting national aspiration and knowledge is a flagship program for promoting innovations amongst school children of the country. INSPIRE is jointly implemented by department of science and technology government of India and national innovation foundation. To participate students of class 6 to 10 must submit their science and technology based ideas to their schools before 15th October 2021.
In this million that is 10 lakh ideas will be scouted and one lakh students will be given a support of 10,000 rupees to develop prototypes exhibitions will be organized at state, district and national levels and incubation and mentoring of support will be provided to the students to their creative ideas.
‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research’ (INSPIRE) scheme is one of the flagship programmes of DST, Government of India. The INSPIRE Awards – MANAK, being executed by DST with NIF, an autonomous body of DST, aims to motivate students in the age group of 10-15 years and studying in classes 6 to 10.
The objective of the INSPIRE 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.
Under this scheme, schools can nominate 2-5 best innovative ideas online through this website. The online nominations for 2020-21 are open till 15th October. DST India appreciate the efforts being taken by teachers and school in maintaining continuity in disseminating education amongst students during the pandemic crisis in the country.
A continued focus on innovations by school students is equally important, mainly because Science and Technology based ideas and innovations can play a major role in getting people out of this crisis and make country self-reliant (Aatm Nirbhar).
Therefore, DST should make the best use of this time by developing an inclination amongst our students towards innovative thinking and attempt to maximize ideas generation from them!.
INSPIRE Awards Registration 2021 Details
|Name Of The Application||INSPIRE Awards Application 2021|
|Title||INSPIRE Awards Online Application 2021|
|Subject||Complete School Registration and Submit Students nominations under INSPIRE Awards Scheme|
|Starting Date To Apply||15-07-2021|
|Closing Date To Apply||15-10-2021|
How to Apply for INSPIRE Awards 2021
Necessary Details: First, prepare the following details before going to the computer center:
- School code
- The name of the principal,
- Phone number,
- School e-mail id (This is very important) All subsequent replies will be via this email.
- Number of students in the school
- The total number of teachers in the school
- Number of science teachers in the school
School Registration Procedure:
- First you need to open the website of INSPIRE Awards – www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in.
- When the web page opens, click on the School authority button on the right side of page.
- Click on the One Time Registration button on the new page that opens immediately.
- Fill in the school details as they appear on the page.
- Then press the Save button.
- Again asks for some more details about the school. After completing the application, finally click on the Save OK or SUBMIT Forward to DA button. (DA means District Authority)
- Immediately comes the application number. For example APP256783 Acknowledgment will be downloaded immediately by clicking on the Generate Acknowledgment button.
- It should be taken in print.
As the application for school registration has been completed with this. You have successfully sent the application. The information comes to the e-mail you entered in the application. It can be found in the inbox of the mail.
How to set a password
Another message will be sent to your mail one or two days after the above program is completed. It contains information that your application has been accepted. It also has a User Id assigned to the school. Ex zpmhbd400. Below this, a line with nonsensical letters underlined with a blue line. Double-clicking on this line will open a page on the Inspire website.
In it we have to try the user ID we found in the mail. Type Headmaster1# in the Create Password field and type Headmaste1# again in the Retype Password field. Type the following code as usual and press the OK / SUBMIT button. With that we have set the password
Immediately another page opens. In it you have to type the user ID and password (Head masterl#) again. Then press the LOGIN button. The page that opens immediately is called the Dashboard. This page contains beacons with some images. If we click on the Log out option at the top left hand side we will come out of the Inspire website.
How students enroll?
Each school can nominate a maximum of 5 ideas/innovations of the students based on the degree of novelty, social applicability, environmental implications, potential impact, scope for diffusion through commercial and/or non-commercial channels, relevance to existing government schemes etc. Not based on the student class.
To start the nomination of students who are having creative technological ideas/innovations, click Student Nomination. To see the nominated student name and other details, click View Nominated Students By the School.
Necessary Details of Student: Following details of students need to prepare before going to the computer center to enroll.
- Passport photos of students (6-10 per class per class
- The first page of their bank account is Xerox
- Student Full Name,
- Father’s name,
- Student Aadhaar Number,
- Student’s date of birth,
- Guide Teacher Name
- First we need to open the website www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in.
- When the web page opens, click on the School authority button on the right.
- Press the LOGIN button on the new page that opens immediately.
- Immediately another page will open in which you have to type the user ID and password (Headmasterl#).
- Then press the LOGIN button.
- The page that opens immediately is called the Dash board.
- If you click on the button (Forward Nominations to DA) with the pen in your hand, a table will appear to enter the students’ names, father’s name and Aadhaar number.
- After entering everything, click on the Nominate button at the bottom of the table.
How add Student Details?
Now, all the details of the students you have registered will appear. The first row has a + sign at the end of the row with student details. Click on it to enter the student’s caste, date of birth, guide teacher’s name, etc. Next to the project name, write School inspire project. Then you need to upload a photo of that student. Then press the save button.
Now you will see again the table with the basic details of the first five students. However, the row with the first student details in this table turns green. Press the + sign at the end of the row with the student details in the second row and enter the student’s caste, date of birth and name of the guide teacher, etc. Then you need to upload a photo of that student. Then press the save button.
Now you will see again the table with the basic details of the first five students. However the row with the details of the second student in this table will also turn green. In the same way, the details of five students should be entered. The whole table will finally turn green.
Click on the Forward Nominations to DA button at the bottom of the table. Finally click on the Generate Acknowledgment. You can print a table with the basic details of 5 students.
Instructions to School Head:
We have set Headmaster# as the password. It is advisable to write down the user ID (obtained by mail) and the application number in the diary. Next year just register the names of the students. Repeated school registration is not required. Once obtained the user ID, we can log in with the password which we set.
Login to the website again in 2 or 3 months and find out the details of the sanctioned awards by clicking on the option in the dashboard. The user ID and password must be typed when logging into the website. Capital letters should be in capital letters and small letters should be in small letters.
Inspiring Innovators of tomorrow – Stages in INSPIRE Awards.
Stage 1- Awareness and capacity building of District, State and School level functionaries across the country through regional workshops, audio-visual tools and literature.
Stage 2- Organising internal idea competitions in schools and nomination of two to three best original ideas, in any Indian language, by the respective Principal Headmaster online through E-MIAS (E-Management of INSPIRE Awards MANAK Scheme) portal.
Stage 3- Registration of new/unregistered 2 schools on E-MIAS portal.
Stage 3- Shortlisting of top 1,00,000 (one lakh) ideas, with potential to address societal needs through Science & Technology by NIF.
Stage 4- Disbursement of INSPIRE Award of INR 10,000 to the accounts of short listed students through Direct benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme.
Stage 5- Organising 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).
Stage 6- Organising State Level Exhibition & Project Competition (SLEPC) for further shortlisting of top 1,000 ideas/innovations for the National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC). At this stage, NIF will facilitate mentoring support to students for development of prototypes in coordination with reputed academic and technology institutions of the country.
Stage 7- Selection of ideas/innovations will be based on novelty, social applicability, environment friendliness, user friendliness and comparative advantage over the existing similar technologies.
Stage 8- Showcasing 1,000 best ideas/innovating at the National Level Exhibition & Project Competition (NLEPC) and shortlisting of top 60 innovations for national awards and future directions.
Stage 9- Consideration of top 60 ideas/innovations by NIF for product/process development 10 and their linkages with other schemes of NIF/DST and their display at the Annual Festival Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE).
What is INSPIRE?
INSPIRE means Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research.
What is MANAK?
MANAK means Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge.
What is the aim of INSPIRE Awards – MANAK Scheme
INSPIRE Scheme aims to motivate students in studying in classes 6 to 10.
What is the objective of INSPIRE Awards – MANAK Scheme
The INSPIRE Awards – MANAK 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
What is an Innovation?
Innovation can simply be described as a new idea, device or method, which is useful and scalable to appropriate levels. It should have certain distinctiveness over existing similar products/devices/methods & which helps improve output or efficiency, enables multi-functionality and/or reduces drudgery etc.
Why Innovation is necessary?
Innovation is necessary not only to maintain competitive advantage but for growth and development of institutions, industries and countries in a global world.
Innovation improves products, processes and services, and thereby, the quality of life of people. Thus, it becomes imperative not only to remain ahead in cutting edge research but also in innovations.
Recognising the role of innovation in governance, the Government of India had declared 2010-20 as the “Decade of Innovation”.
Why should we urge our children to be innovative?
Creativity among children is almost in-born. Every child is creative, the degree may vary; however, not the basic manifestation. Originality, creativity and innovative spirit among our children have to be promoted.
This will be helpful when they become leaders of our society in future ensuring an imaginative, inclusive future for the country fueled by innovation. Inclusive development of our society needs opportunities for children so as to ensure an aversion to inertia and a reverence for innovative ways of solving problems.
Creative, impatient and imaginative children are one of the most precious assets of the nation. Inculcating the spirit of samvedna (empathy), srajansheelta (creativity) and sahyog (cooperation) will make them worthy citizens of not just India but the world.
Can students of all educational boards (national and state) participate in the INSPIRE Awards competition?
Yes, students irrespective of their educational board (national and state) can participate in the INSPIRE AWARDS-MANAK scheme.
What is the contest period of INSPIRE Awards?
For nomination period and other updates please visit INSPIRE MANAK web portal (www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in)
Is there any limit to the number of ideas submitted INSPIRE Awards Competition by the students?
No, the students are encouraged to submit as many innovative ideas as they wish to the school under INSPIRE Awards Competition.
How will the screening and shortlisting be executed in INSPIRE Awards Contest?
The selection criteria will be based on novelty, creativity and originality of the ideas/innovations submitted in INSPIRE Awards Contest by the students. DST/NIF will ensure that there is due representation of girl students and SC/STS.
What should the Principals and Jury members bear in mind while selecting ideas/innovations?
The degree of novelty of the idea, its social applicability, environmental implications, potential impact, scope for diffusion through commercial and/or non-commercial channels, relevance to existing government schemes etc. may be considered.