Fostering Innovation: Unleashing Young Minds with INSPIRE Awards – MANAK 2023-24

Culture of creative thinking and pioneering solutions

Imagine a world where young minds are nurtured, their innovative ideas taking flight, and creativity knows no bounds. The Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) scheme, a flagship initiative of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, envisions just that. As we step into the realm of INSPIRE Awards – MANAK 2023-24, a doorway to ignite the sparks of innovation among the young generation beckons.

Empowering Minds, Igniting Innovations

The INSPIRE Awards – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge), in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF), an autonomous body of DST, is designed to nurture and celebrate innovation among students aged 10 to 15. Embracing those in classes 6 to 10, this initiative aims to unleash the potential of a million young minds, fostering a culture of creative thinking and pioneering solutions that harmonize science with societal needs.

Empowering Students with Opportunities

The heart of the INSPIRE Awards MANAK Scheme 2023-24 beats with the pulse of opportunity, extended to the vibrant minds of students from Classes 6 to 10. This flagship program, under the stewardship of the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology (Government of India), isn’t just a competition; it’s a transformative journey, a call to think beyond boundaries.

A Symphony of Ideas: Eligibility and Benefits

Schools become the conduits of change as they nominate up to five of the best original ideas or innovations from their creative pool. The young innovators must be aged 10-15 and pursuing education in the dynamic spectrum of Class 6 to 10. A platform awaits to recognize and celebrate their brilliance with an award of INR 10,000, a testament to the power of ideas.

Embarking on the Journey: The Application Process

Embarking on this exhilarating journey is as simple as a few clicks. Schools serve as the launchpad for these young inventors, guiding them through the process with care. Here’s how it unfolds:

1. Registration: Schools register with the click of a button, unlocking the path to innovation.

2. Nomination: Five outstanding ideas or innovations are nominated, poised to change the world.

3. Selection Criteria: Originality, social impact, eco-friendliness, user-friendliness, and comparative advantage are the guiding stars.

4. National Recognition: The crème de la crème – the top 1,000 ideas – shine at the National Level Exhibition & Project Competition (NLEPC).

5. Shaping the Future: The brightest 60 innovations emerge as torchbearers, illuminating the path of future possibilities.

6. Productive Progress: NIF steps in to cultivate these ideas, nurturing them toward product and process development, seamlessly integrating them with other visionary schemes.

A Gateway to Innovation: The INSPIRE Awards – MANAK 2023-24

In this journey of innovation, dreams know no limits. With the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK 2023-24, they sow the seeds of creativity, watering them with knowledge and nurturing them to fruition. The future beckons, and these young minds stand poised to redefine what’s possible, one ingenious idea at a time.

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