National Innovation Scholarships
Innovation Scholarships are intended to be an initiative to institutionalize innovative thinking in youth.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsSCHEME OF NATIONALINNOVATION SCHOLARSHIPSJune 2013
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsIntroduction In a globalized world, innovation can be the driver ofcompetitive advantage for organizations and countries and inrecognition of its vital role, the Government has declared 2010-20 as the “decade of innovation”. The creation of an “innovative society” requires that innovationbe stimulated, encouraged and nurtured amongst the populaceright from an early age. It is in this context that the National Innovation Council (NInC)had proposed to the Ministry of HRD, the creation of NationalInnovation Scholarships for children. MHRD is now processing the proposal and the scholarships areexpected to be launched soon.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsObjectives The objective of the National Innovation Scholarship Scheme isto identify children who think creatively, laterally andinnovatively on issues that they perceive as important. This award is aimed at encouraging innovative thinking andproblem-solving, rather than open-ended creativity. It will provide an incentive to foster team work through meansof larger awards for groups. It will have a multiplier effect by getting parents and teachersto value creativity and in turn help spread a culture ofappreciating innovation in the school system.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsApplicant These scholarships will be awarded annually to the studentsstudying from class 8th to 12th (or out of school children in theage group of 12 years to 17 years) Students from any background - arts, science, commerce etc. -affiliated to any boards of education recognised by theGovernment of India or out of school children can submit theirentry for the scheme MHRD will endeavour to encourage female students, differently-abled children, children from remote and rural areas as well asstudents from disadvantaged societies to participate in thescheme by submitting their entries for the same
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsScholarship Details The scholarship is proposed to be in the form of one time award,coupled with incentives and support at every stage of innovation– For idea selection: There will be a one-time award of Rs. 50,000 forgroup strength of one or Rs. 75,000 for a group of two to fivechildren, five being the maximum number of participants per group.Along with the cash award, a certificate of appreciation, a tablet, anda set of CDs/books for every group member will be given For proof of concept: An award of Rs. 25,000 (for a group) will begiven upon successfully demonstrating the proof of concept, alongwith an invitation to showcase it at the National Innovation Showcaseevent. IPR: An amount up to one lakh will be reimbursed to the group for thepurpose of obtaining an Intellectual Property Right (IPR).
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsScreening and Processing During the currency of the current Five Year Plan all screening andprocessing may happen centrally under National InnovationFoundation (NIF) Ahmedabad. There may be several rounds of screening to evaluate theapplications. The evaluation methodology will be detailed by NIF. Suggested Method – Weeding out of invalid/incomplete applications 2 to 3 rounds of screening to select the best four to sixthousand applications by the Screening committee to beconstituted by the NIF. Final selection of up to a 1000 awardees shall be made by ahigh level Screening Committee
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsScreening and Processing (2) All screening committees will have experts from differentdomains including teachers, experts from industry, etc. The high level screening committee must have representativesfrom MHRD and NCERT along with other experts. The screening process may make use of an online platform forreceiving, screening and processing online applications. The National Innovation Council’s India Innovation Portal isone such platform which can be utilised for this purpose.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsScheme Promotion and Popularization A detailed scheme promotion and popularization strategy will be worked outby MHRD with inputs from NIF. MHRD will popularize the scheme through its own channels such as CBSE,Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, NCERT, State Education Boards,District Education Officers, etc. Advertisements - In leading national and local dailies in Hindi, English and vernacularlanguages. broadcast on Doordarshan (TV), in Hindi and regional languages (DDRegional Channels aired on All India Radio and some leading FM Channels. A Facebook page will be created on National Innovation Scholarships. NCERT will be requested to print an appeal to students to submit theircreative ideas, and to create easily detachable application forms intextbooks.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsMentoring and Nurturing of Ideas:Regional Workshops The regional centres will facilitate the regional workshops everyyear. A detailed database of all group members will be created at theregional workshop. One attendant will be allowed with each group, participating inthe regional award ceremony and the regional workshop MHRD will interact with institutions such as IITs, IIMs, NID, TISS,IISc, IISERs, CSIR Labs, National Law Schools, and other reputedinstitutions in the sphere of science & technology as well as theliberal arts, to provide mentorship and the institutional support tothe young innovators.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsRegional Award Ceremony The award ceremony will happen at the RegionalCentres. All the group members along with a guardian (one pergroup) will be invited to the award ceremony to theirnearest Regional Centre. To optimise the overall organisational andcoordination efforts, the regional award ceremonyshall be held along with the regional workshop. A National Innovation Showcase may be held topopularize the best innovations at the National Level.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and InnovationsTHANK YOUwww.innovationcouncil.gov.in11