In an attempt to empower greenhorns to find solutions to real-life challenges through innovations, IIT Kharagpur launched the Young Innovators Program (YIP) 2019, a global science and technology competition. Registration for the third edition of this event has started on Thursday.
YIP is a programme of IIT Kharagpur aimed at igniting the innovative young minds of school children. The competition aims at recognising the creative ability of students studying in classes VIII – X, towards sci-tech innovations in thematic areas of global relevance. The thematic areas for YIP 2019 include Energy and Environment, Health and Cleanliness, Hardware Modelling, Product Designing, Disaster Management and Financial Inclusion.
Students will conceptualise their innovations in the first round. Those selected for the second round will be required to mature their proposals further and present through video demonstrations. In the semi-final and final rounds which is scheduled to be held at IIT Kharagpur from November 8-9, 2019, the selected students will demonstrate working models of products and processes and make feasibility presentation on their projects.
At various phases students would have the opportunity to receive guidance from faculty members, researchers and students of IIT Kharagpur through mentoring sessions. The theme of Financial Inclusion is an addition this year.
“As we look around, we are blessed with bright, young minds everywhere, each of whom is a leader and an innovator. Through YIP, we aim at igniting that spirit of innovation in these minds and enable them to think beyond doubts and beyond barriers. They are the next generation of problem solvers, the stewards of our future who will, in a few years, embark on a journey to build a better world,” said Anandaroop Bhattacharya, Associate Dean (International Relations) and a faculty member of Mechanical Engineering Department at IIT Kharagpur.
YIP started in 2017 and in just two years has spread its wings not only across the country but also overseas. Last year the reach was to more than 2000 schools and this year with international schools the figure has almost doubled. The semi-finalists of YIP 2018 included two schools from Singapore. This year, the Institute will also reach out to embassies to support the global outreach further. The program has received rave reviews including words of appreciation from the President of India.