Ignite Your Creativity: Best Innovation Award-2023 by IGNOU

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been at the forefront of promoting creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship among its students. In alignment with the Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission by the Government of India and the recommendations of NEP-2020, IGNOU seeks to identify, recognize, and support the innovator and entrepreneur students within its community. As part of this initiative, IGNOU invites entries from bona fide students with valid registration for the prestigious Best Innovation Award-2023.

Eligibility Criteria: All registered and bonafide students of IGNOU are eligible to apply for the Best Innovation Award-2023. To be considered for the award, the applicant must have developed and implemented an innovative product, process, or service that addresses a real-world problem or challenge faced by individuals or society. The innovation can belong to any area, with preference given to the following theme areas:

  1. Health Care and Biomedical Devices
  2. Agriculture and Rural Development
  3. Food Processing and Packaging
  4. Smart Transport and Traffic Management
  5. Renewable and Affordable Energy and Alternate Fuel
  6. Clean and Potable Water and Water Management
  7. Waste Management and Disposal
  8. Technology-Based Social Innovations
  9. E-commerce and Business Management
  10. Robotics and Drones including AI and ML
  11. Tour and Travel Management
  12. Social and Environmental Issues
  13. Smart City and Urban Development
  14. Innovation in Education Sector
  15. Innovation to Assist Persons with Disabilities
  16. Any Other Emerging Area of Innovation and Startup Opportunity

Benefits of Applying: Applying for the Best Innovation Award-2023 can bring numerous advantages to the student innovators:

  1. National Recognition: The selected innovators will be recognized nationally for their exceptional contributions.
  2. Cash Prizes and Trophies: The top three innovators will receive cash prizes of Rs. 10,000/-, Rs. 7,000/-, and Rs. 5,000/- along with certificates and trophies.
  3. Award Ceremony: Winners will be invited to IGNOU Headquarters in Delhi to receive the award.
  4. Learning Opportunities: Winners will get the chance to interact with other innovators and learn from their experiences.
  5. Guidance and Support: Other potential innovators will receive guidance and support to further improve their innovations and take them to the next level.

Application Process: Interested students can follow these steps to apply for the Best Innovation Award-2023:

  1. Download the Application Form and Guidelines from the NVRIETI Portal: https://sites.google.com/ignou.ac.in/navrieti/sia-2023 or IGNOU Website: www.ignou.ac.in under the “Best Innovation Award-2023” link in Announcements and Notifications.
  2. Fill in the Application Form in MS Word format and email it to [email protected] along with supporting documents, a 5-10 minutes video clip showcasing the development and working of the innovation, and relevant photographs of the innovation.
  3. The last date for submitting the completed Application Form is September 30, 2023.

Important Notes:

  1. Only email submissions will be accepted; hard copies or scanned copies will not be entertained.
  2. Mere submission of the application does not guarantee any certification or other documents from the University.
  3. Shortlisted students will be required to give a virtual presentation of their innovation.
  4. Winners will be informed individually and through the IGNOU website.
  5. The University’s decision regarding the selection of students for the Best Innovation Award-2023 will be final and binding.

Conclusion: IGNOU’s Best Innovation Award-2023 offers a remarkable platform for students to showcase their creativity and ingenuity. By recognizing and supporting innovators and entrepreneurs, IGNOU is fostering a culture of innovation and contributing to India’s vision of self-reliance. This prestigious award aims to inspire and empower students to continue their journey as change-makers and problem-solvers in their respective fields. If you have developed a groundbreaking innovation, seize this opportunity to make a lasting impact and contribute to a brighter future. Apply now and let your brilliance shine!

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