Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards, 2020

SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) has established three national awards for innovative student projects in engineering, biotechnology, agriculture, pharmacy, material science and other applied technological domains. These awards were given by honourable vice president Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan on July 06, 2019.

Last date for submission of entries is October 31, 2019

The awards will be given to young student innovators in the following category:

  • MLM (More from less for many), Frugal Innovation award- technologies that econmise on the use of material, are extremely affordable, sustainable
  • SRISTI socially relevant technological innovation award-products/prototypes that address unmet social needs or improve the functioning of existing solutions, increase affordability and/or improve circularity i.e. ecologcial compatability
  • Technological-edge award-ideas that push the frontiers in any technolgical domain
  • BIRAC-SRISTI award for biotechnological/medical/healthcare innovation
  • Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Amulya K.N. Reddy GYTI Award

Techpedia ( at SRISTI invites entries for these three awards by October 30, 2019.

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 but awards are to be given only to students willing to take their ideas forward.

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 student projects which have demonstrable proof of concept/ prototype having a significant amount of novelty and social applications are eligible for this award. Any projects completed in or after 2017 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 fifteen of the selected innovations maybe given a grant of Rs.15 lac each and another 20-30 idea may be granted one lac each for taking the idea forward after they add value to grassroots innovations in Biotechnological Innovation Ignition School (BIIS) at SRISTI, Ahmedabad.

The full project report of the shortlisted projects will be needed for final evaluation. Video, photographs, test reports, comparative advantage vis a vis existing solutions in that domain, literature & patent review etc., may be attached. The last date for submission of entries is October 30, 2019

All the shortlisted entries will be displayed by winners in March 2020. 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 policymakers and practitioners of the country. The prototype maybe 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 detail would be published at the site or shared otherwise. If the students wish to have incubation support, they should clearly indicate the same in their nomination form. Bionest incubator supported by BIRAC, DBT, Government of India welcomes applications from innovative biotech researchers. 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 Team Techpedia-GYTI at, Call us at +919099258492. 

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