National Innovation Foundation - India

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2017

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards : National Innovation Foundation - India announces the 10th National Competition for Students' Ideas and Innovations in association with Honey Bee Network, SRISTI, CBSE & other partners

National Innovation Foundation - India invites submissions of the creative technological ideas/innovations from the students up to class 12 th for the 10th national competition for children's ideas and innovations - Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards.

NIF dedicates its IGNITE awards in memory of Dr. Kalam

In order to promote creativity and originality in children, National Innovation Foundation - India (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, had been organizing IGNITE - a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations of children upto class the age of 17 years, in or out of school (upto class 12 only).

Starting in 2008, in the last seven years, 142 awards have been given to 202 children at the hands of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The total number of submissions from school children received during the various IGNITE campaigns have been 71200.

NIF has decided to commemorate IGNITE awards in his memory as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE awards so that creative children continue to draw inspiration from his spirit. NIF will continue to announce the awards of IGNITE competition every year on October 15th, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's birthday, which is celebrated as the Children's Creativity and Innovation Day by it.

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What is the contest?

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition is an annual national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of children (up to class 12 in school or those up to the age of 17 years out of school). Students are invited to send their original creative technological ideas and innovations for the same.

Why the contest?

Creativity among children is almost in-born, every child is creative, degrees may vary, but not the basic manifestation. Then what happens during the growth and maturation? Why should children stop asking basic questions? Why do they agree to do repetitive science projects instead of being original? Why do they learn to live with unsolved social and professional problems? We should not allow our children to live with such problems rather urge them to come up with solutions to these. We want to promote originality, creativity and innovative spirit among our children so that when they become leaders of our society, they ensure an imaginative, inclusive and an innovative future for the country. We want our children to be more sensitive to the problems faced by not just them and their families or neighbours but also other socially disadvantaged sections of the society.

What is invited for the contest?

Original creative technological ideas and innovations of the students OR/AND any technological idea/innovation that solves any daily problem be it household, of porters, labourers, or the like. In addition, during their vacations or otherwise, the students are encouraged to look for other people who come out with innovative machines/devices or solve day to day problems using their creativity. Similarly they are also encouraged to document and learn traditional knowledge practices from their elders in their family and neighbourhood. The purpose is to expose them to the rich traditional heritage we have, facilitating its transfer from generation to generation. The students submitting the maximum number of properly documented entries (Innovations/Traditional Knowledge) to the schools (which would forward them to NIF) or directly to NIF would be given appreciation certificates from NIF. For each innovation/traditional knowledge practice spotted and documented by the student, he/she will be credited as being the 'Scout' for that particular innovation/traditional knowledge in records.

What is the contest period?

The entries will be received till 31st August 2017. All entries received after this date will be considered for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2018 competition.

Can students of other educational boards (national and state) other than CBSE also participate in the competition?

Yes, students from any educational board can participate in Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition. Out of school children up to the age of 17 years can also participate.

How can the submissions be sent?

The submissions for the contest can be made to us through any of the following means.

1. Email the details at


2. Submit online at


3. Mail them at the following address (directly/through the Principal)

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2017

National Innovation Foundation - India

Satellite Complex, Premchand Nagar Road,

Jodhpur Tekra, Satellite

Ahmedabad 380 015, Gujarat

For more details & Eligibility, Terms and Conditions please refer the Website : Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2017