CSIR Innovation Award for School Children

CSIR announced Diamond Jubilee Invention Award for School Children on 26 April 2002 in order to enhance creativity amongst school children. The day is also celebrated as 'WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY' throughout the world. The objectives of this competition are to capture creativity and innovativeness amongst school children and create awareness about IPR. From the year 2011, the Award is renamed as CSIR Innovation Award for School Children. During the last sixteen years, i.e. from 2002 to 2020, 10,996 proposals were received for these Awards from various parts of the country and 136 inventions/innovations were selected for various prizes by High-level Awards Selection Committee. 

In the year 2016-2020, the competition has been renewed with an intervening training cum awareness programme. This year 2020, CSIR received 4352 innovation proposals which were screened. Total eleven innovation proposals selected for award. The award comprises a cash prize, trophy and a certificate. The following children awarded for their 11 innovations contain total two 2nd prizes, three 3rd prizes, four fourth prizes and two fifth prizes:


Second Prize (Rs. 50,000/- each)


'SUDHAAR': (Improving rural lives) through 'Udhaar' (loans)


Karan S Soin, a student of class XII, of The Shri Ram School, Gurugram, Haryana, has designed a mobile application for the rural masses for easy access to microfinance in the rural areas. This mobile app would assist rural loan applicants by proving easy access to reputable MFIs in their vicinity. It will cater to the applicants with multiple good options on their phone, and make it easier for them to get small loans from these MFIs on the best possible terms, from the comfort of their own village/home environment, without having to leave their homes unattended or losing working hours. This will be done for one village and 3-4 MFs as a proof of concept, and later be scaled up. Thus, it will not only fulfil unmet needs and serve the rural masses; it will also fill a void in the market which lacks such platforms.


Innovative Easy Tooth Brush


Dhruvi Gupta, a student of class IX, of Amity International School, Sector-6, Ghaziabad, UP, has designed a paper toothbrush using butter paper, impregnated with herbal-formulation. It is easy to store paper tooth-brush which is herbal and cost-effective. It is perfect for travelling, camping, etc. A portable tooth-brush that can fit comfortably in toiletry bags, luggage, backpacks, purses, carry-on bags and fits just about anywhere. It is light in weight and incredibly easy to use.


Third Prize (Rs. 30,000/-each)


Bio-Degradable Pots with Groundnut Shells


A. Srija of IXth class and K. Hari Krishna of VIII class of Zilla Parishad High School, Jogulamba Gadwal, Telangana, have manufactured biodegradable pots with groundnut shells. These pots are very cost-effective and are a good alternative to plastic pots replacement in nurseries. These are eco-friendly, do not cause any land pollution and take very little time to disintegrate in soil. These ground shell pots are good for plants also since it acts as organic manure and provides macronutrients and micronutrients to the plants.


Eco-Friendly Agri Sprayer


Neha Bhat, a student of class X of Vivekavardhini English Medium High, Thenkila, Puttur, Karnataka, has manufactured an advanced multi-purpose, triple efficient, automatic spraying machine which can be used as a pesticide sprayer, weedicide, and organic insecticide sprayer. This machine neither uses fuel nor electricity. It runs on battery and is eco-friendly. This device saves time and human labour.


Reducing the Carbon Footprint through Innovative Cooking Vessels


Vibha K. Bhat, a student of class VIII of Shri Niketana School, Sirsi, Karnataka, has designed a cooking vessel which can save fuel for the sake of future generation and save time as well as money, so prepared a Fuel saving Cooking vessel, in which there are two vessels i.e. an inner vessel and an outer vessel, in which the inner vessel having spirally arranged metal plate outside of it and the inner vessel is fitted in the outer vessel, the outer vessel and inner vessel joined and welded at top .so that how cooking process make fast.


Fourth Prize (Rs. 20,000/-each)


Magic Pot-Fluoride Out


P. Harshitha, a student of class X of ZP High School, Penumalli, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh, has prepared a magic pot that reduces fluoride levels in drinking water and to avoid the danger of attacking Fluorosis. They have prepared a pot using freely available, eco-friendly, low cost and no-cost materials like black soil, moringa leaf powder, moringa seeds powder, and alum powder. The scientific principle involved in making is the phenomenon of adsorption. The magic pot is made by mixing alum powder, moringa seeds, or leaves powder along with the soil. This is the simplest and easiest way of de-fluoridation which is done by using a cost-effective pot. This can be a boon to the rural people who can’t afford expensive filtration units at their homes.


Automatic Waste Disposal in Train


Yash B. Petkar, Sanchi, K. Hisariya, Saniya, S. Shakil students of class XI of Ranglal Kejdiwal High School & Jr. College, Pulgaon, Wardha, Maharastra, have designed an automatic waste disposal dustbin by which garbage will be extracted automatically from the coach to the dustbin. The automatic waste disposal system, wherein a passenger can put garbage into dustbin set in the train from the berth without any effort and notify the housekeeping personnel to empty it before spilling by sending an alert message.


Post-partum Cup: A novel way to estimate the obstetric blood loss accurately and save maternal life in golden hour


Archit Rahul Patil, a student of class VIII of Kashinath Palod Public School, Jalgaon, Maharastra, has designed a life-saving, economical, rash-free, and trash-free device made up of silicon cup that measures blood-loss post-delivery in exact and real-time. It gives a quantitative assessment of post-delivery blood-loss. In case of excessive blood loss, it is brought notice to the medicos and accordingly, the insertion is carried out thereby, saving the lives of mothers in their golden hour.


A Multifunctional Device for Quality Monitoring and Analysis of Drinking Water and Method Thereof


Abhijeet Kumar of class X and Arpit Kumar of class XI of Bihar Bal Bhawan Kilkari, Patna, Bihar, have come up with a filtration device for Arsenic removal from water with an advantage of zero water wastage. The filtration process uses magnets for the removal of arsenic from water sample. It is a simple and low-cost water filter that doesn’t run on electricity and that can be of immense importance for the rural communities.


Fifth Prize (Rs. 10,000/-)


Lung AI: Digital Covid-19 Detector, Lung Cancer and Other Lung Abnormalities


Aryan Gulati, a student of class XII of Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, New Delhi, has designed a reliable web application that predominantly aims at making Covid-19 detection accessible to all the people within a span of 3-5 seconds. The web application requires a photograph of the affected patient’s lung CT Scan or X-Ray of a healthy person to be uploaded. It also aims at detecting lung cancer as well as 16 other common and dangerous lung abnormalities such as Tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Edema, etc. in an accessible manner so that the users may be able to not only diagnose whether they are positive for Covid-19 but also detect what other medical issues they have in the off chance that they have been testedCovid-19 negative.


Free-Air Temperature Increase System (Fati) In Cultivation


Revathy V. Manikandan, a student of class XI of Alphonsa Central School, Kannur, Kerala, has designed a technology to induce canopy temperature artificially without the use of the enclosure. The FATI system consists of infrared heaters. The Photo-morphogenetic effects are avoided by using selective cut-off filters. The ambient canopy temperature can be tracked using an electronic control circuit task and the radiant energy can be modulated to produce desired canopy temperature.