Submit Student’s Ideas /Innovations under INSPIRE Awards MANAK Programme 2018-2019

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. Inpire Online nomination for the year 2018-2019 has been opened.

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The first component, INSPIRE Awards - MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge) is being executed by 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 "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 student 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 per cent students will be shortlisted further to participate at State level Competition. One thousand students will showcase their innovations at 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 student’s ideas/innovations in 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 best of 2 to 3 ideas/innovations immediately. NIF is looking forward for your active participation.

The INSPIRE- MANAK Scheme for students in Class 6 to 10 to submit their innovative ideas online by August 31, 2018 to bid for 100000 awards that would let them compete at state and national levels. The last date for accepting nominations is August 31, 2018. For more information you may visit on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4quPNjirE


This scheme will be operationalised as per the following steps:

  1. Awareness and capacity building of District and State level functionaries across the country through regional workshop and audio-visual tools and literature.
  2. Organising 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.
  3. The new schools may also register themselves on E-MIAS portal.
  4. Forwarding of nominations by District/State authorities to Department of Science and Technology through E-MIAS.
  5. 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 Direct Benefit Transfer scheme.
  6. Organisation 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).
  7. Organisation of 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..
  8. Selection of ideas/innovations will be based on novelty, social applicability, environment friendliness, user friendliness and comparative advantage over the existing similar technologies.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 Entreprenureship (FINE) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  11. 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 look up 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 recognised 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, 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 conscious effort to represent girls and students belonging to SC/STs. Timeline for submission of ideas/innovations: Online nomination for the year 2018-19 has been opened. 
The schools will be able to submit their nominations till August 31, 2018.

In order to create awareness of INSPIRE Awards - MANAK scheme amongst the people, regional workshops and innovation workshops. The regional workshops will be organised 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 sensitised about the need for innovation. The innovation workshops will be organised before the national level event at various R&D and engineering institution. The focus will be on teaching the children basics about prototype development and improving the quality of products displayed at national-level exhibition. In this process children will gain knowledge by interacting with students and faculty form various engineering and design institutions.

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