CBSE in­vites en­tries for ‘IG­NITE’


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Eileen Singh CHANDI­GARH: The Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) has in­vited students to par­tic­i­pate in “IG­NITE” - a com­pe­ti­tion to in­cul­cate sci­en­tific tem­per and value among school­child­ren.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional In­no­va­tion Foun­da­tion (NIF) and Honey Bee Net­work, the com­pe­ti­tion is an at­tempt to har­ness the cre­ative and in­no­va­tive tal­ents of school­child­ren. The students can sub­mit their en­tries by Au­gust 31 di­rectly to the NIF or through email at ig­

“The CBSE had suc­cess­fully launched IG­NITE in 2007. It re­ceived a re­mark­able re­sponse from students, teach­ers and par­ents. The IG­NITE-2011 con­test saw par­tic­i­pa­tion of students from 25 states and union ter­ri­to­ries of the coun­try. Over­all 4,104 en­tries were re­ceived, which ranged from sec­tors like en­ergy, en­vi­ron­ment, trans­port, gen­eral house­hold util­ity items and it was a great suc­cess,” RJ Khan­derao, re­gional of­fi­cer, CBSE, said.

Last year, the awards for the com­pe­ti­tion were given away in an ex­hi­bi­tion-cum-award func­tion by Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam, for­mer Pres­i­dent, at the In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment, Ahmed­abad. Students from Gov­ern­ment Girls High School, Tiru­varur (Tamil Nadu), in­no­vated on us­ing “Hel­met as an ig­ni­tion to start two-wheel­ers”, fol­lowed by students of The Ve­lam­mal In­ter­na­tional School, Thiru­val­lur (Tamil Nadu), for de­vel­op­ing the “Healthy Air Ma­chine” and of DAV Pub­lic School, Bhubanesh­war (Odisha), for de­vel­op­ing a “De­vice to as­sist peo­ple with low vi­sion” were awarded along with other cre­ative and in­no­va­tive brains from dif­fer­ent schools in the coun­try.

This year the CBSE has planned to ini­ti­ate IG­NITE-2012 with a view to pro­mot­ing cre­ativ­ity among chil­dren. The en­tries will be based on the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: tech­no­log­i­cal ideas to solve any prob­lem in day-to-day life, real life tech­no­log­i­cal projects demon­strat­ing in­no­va­tive ways of solv­ing prob­lems or re­duc­ing drudgery or gen­er­at­ing ef­fi­ciency or con­serv­ing re­sources (projects demon­strat­ing ap­pli­ca­tion of known sci­en­tific con­cepts or the­o­ries will not be ac­cepted).

Other top­ics are tra­di­tional knowl­edge prac­tices doc­u­mented from elders in and around one’s fam­ily and in­for­ma­tion about some other in­no­va­tors in the neigh­bour­hood.

“We have asked those par­tic­i­pat­ing to pro­vide a cer­tifi­cate from par­ents and teach­ers say­ing that the idea or in­no­va­tion has been de­vel­oped and doc­u­mented by the stu­dent con­cerned en­tirely on his or her own with­out any guid­ance or sup­port from them, be­cause in some pre­vi­ous cases we have no­ticed that the stu­dent has been helped by teach­ers and par­ents,” Khan­derao added.

Students can sub­mit their innovations by Au­gust 31 and the re­sults will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 15, on the oc­ca­sion of birthday of for­mer Pres­i­dent of In­dia APJ Ab­dul Kalam, which is also cel­e­brated as Chil­dren’s Cre­ativ­ity and In­no­va­tion Day.

The NIF will pro­vide sup­port for patent­ing and in­cu­bat­ing in­no­va­tive projects into prod­ucts in all de­serv­ing cases.

Ran­jana Ku­mari, a stu­dent of a gov­ern­ment school in the city, said, “I have been try­ing to in­no­vate new things. I think this year I will par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause I have a good idea.”

IG­NITE-2011 saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion

of students from 25 states

and UTs with 4,104 en­tries

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