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SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) has established three national awards for innovative student projects in engineering, pharmacy, science and other applied technologies. These will be given away by Dr.R.A.Mashelkar, Chairperson of NIF at RashtrapatiBhavan in March 2016. The awards will be given to young innovators in the following category:

Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards, 2016

  • MLM ( More from less for Many ) award
  • Sristi socially relevant technological innovation award
  • Technological-edge award
  • BIRAC-SRISTI award for biotechnological/medical/healthcare innovation

Techpedia ( at SRISTI invites entries for these three awards by 8th January 2016.

Student projects which address an important social, environmental or technological problem faced by masses or disadvantaged people/sectors/spaces or micro and small enterprises, or have the potential to impact a pressing national need are invited. The applications may be made by the past or present students of technical institutions/universities. On behalf of the students who have already passed out and left the Institute/ University, the faculty member, who supervised the project, can also apply.

A: MLM (More from less from Many) award: This award will be given to the innovations which use significantly less material/energy to create sustainable solutions. Frugality and creating value for many by using lesser material, energy, and resource could be the key focus while bench-marking such innovations

B: SRISTI social technological Award: The best student's projects which have a demonstrable proof of concept/ prototype having significant amount of novelty and social applications are eligible for this award. Any projects completed in or after 2011 can be submitted by the students or their faculty supervisors on their behalf.

C: Technological edge award: A breakthrough or a significant technological advance in any field of engineering, pharmacy, medical, agricultural, or other disciplines will entitle a student to qualify for this award.

D: BIRAC-SRISTI award for biotechnological/medical/healthcare innovation:A technology having potential for reaching the masses and/or addressing a felt social need or making it extremely affordable compared to available solution will be selected. Up to Ten of the selected innovations may be given a grant of Rs.15 lac each and another hundred idea may be granted one lac each for taking the idea forward.

The full project report of the shortlisted projects will be needed for final evaluation. Last date for submission of entries is 8th January 2016.

All the shortlisted entries will be displayed by winners at the Festival of Innovationsat RashtrapatiBhavan in March 2016. The submitted entries will be included in database with due acknowledgement of the name of the team members, supervisor, college, department and any contact information provided.

The exhibition will be visited by leading policy makers and practitioners of the country. The prototype may be retained to be displayed in a permanent exhibition likely to be developed soon at the national level with due acknowledgement of innovators, supervisors and the concerned institution.

The nominations have to be submitted at and only abstract of the content submitted along with innovator's detail would be published at the site or shared otherwise. If the student wish to have incubation support, they should clearly indicate the same in their nomination form. For those interested in IPR support, assistance from a network of pro bono attorneys can be mobilised at concessional term.

For any query, please contact Dr Amol Mahulkar (+919099258492,, may be contacted. For looking at the awards given this year, please visit , initiative.

Looking forward to your enthusiastic cooperation to make India Innovative.