Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards, a different experience

The Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards, a SRISTI initiative to foster youth driven innovations, were held on 8th March, 2015. The awards were given by Dr. RA Mashelkar (Chairman, NIF), during the Festival of Innovations.  GYTI Awards celebrate the spirit of student innovation in the fields of engineering, science and other applied technologies.

For these 2015 Awards, a total of 1900 nominations across 50 technological domains from 150 universities/institutes were received.  The participants hailed from 28 different states, and 6 Union Territories! After a rigorous reviewing process by some very eminent experts, 13 projects were selected as the winners of GYTI 2015 awards. Further, 30 projects were awarded appreciation awards to encourage their relentless efforts to innovate India.

The GYTI 2015 awards weren’t your mainstream award functions where people see the award winners being handed over their shiny trophies, clap for them, and later leave the room. No.. these were different. We, and I hope I am speaking for everyone who was there, felt a sense of pride, hope, and intrigue while sitting there.

Pride- because it was a pleasure to see today’s youth engaging themselves in building products, creating technologies, and conducting research with the thought of social inclusion in mind. Most innovations that were awarded did not cater to the rich, or even the middle class. They targeted making new-age technologies affordable for even the lower economic strata of our society. Promoting equity through technology is the need of the hour, and we beamed with pride on seeing the same happen.

Hope- because such a pool of talent, driven by nothing less than the desire to take India forward, will most definitely take India forward!

Intrigue- because even when cutting-edge innovations are changing the face of today’s India, it is perplexing that we, the internet generations citizens, are hardly aware of these breakthroughs. It is for this very reason that I’ve decided to introduce all the GYTI innovations on the Techpedia blog. They say that each small drop makes the ocean, this is my small drop to the mission of making India innovative.     

 

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