With an objective to drive the innovation agenda in the state and harness core competencies, local talent, resources and capabilities to create new opportunities, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday launched a competition for Goa’s Young Innovator’s Award as instituted by the Goa State Innovation Council (GSIC).
GSIC chairman Jose Manuel Noronha was present on the occasion.
The effort is also aimed towards identifying and rewarding talent in innovation and disseminating success stories.
The Chief Minister in his message delivered on the occasion said, “I encourage all students from the state of Goa to actively participate in this competition so that the spirit of creativity and innovation is promoted amongst our children.”
The Goa State Innovation Council has encouraged submissions from the participants for this award based on creative ideas on their own. “Parents and teachers may propose a problem to the child to identify a possible solution and then help converting the idea into a prototype/ model,” the Council states, pointing out that teachers are to ensure that projects submitted to the competition are in original idea so that the competition maintains a high standard.
The competition is open in two categories, for students between the age group of 10 to 15 years: one, for students studying from class V to VII, and the other for students studying from class VIII to X. All the students studying in schools in Goa and falling under the two categories, irrespective of the Board to which their school is affiliated to can participate in the same.
In each category, there are three cash prize awards amounting to Rs 20,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, in addition to mentoring and other facilities to be provided to the winners.
The ideas need to be submitted from the school in the prescribed format consisting of product/ process, description about the project with the technology used, and student and school contact details, besides sharing of related photos, videos and sketches of the project, if available.
The participants need to submit proposals online to goastateinnovationcouncil.com/goas-young-innovator-award
The schools have been asked to submit as many projects as they wish.
The timeline for the project starts in the month of August of the particular academic year, when the orientation for school teachers and finalisation of action plan need to take place.
The competition announcement will be made by the Council in the month of January during the academic year, followed by submission of ideas in the month of February. The assessment of ideas and announcement of winners will also take place in February, while the winners of the contest would be trained and connected to their mentors in the month of March.