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The last date for accepting entries for Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Ignite Awards has been extended upto September 10, 2015.
All entries received after this date will be considered for IGNITE 16 competition.
National Innovation Foundation-India is an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, based on the Honey Bee Network philosophy, which provides institutional support to grassroots innovators and outstanding traditional knowledge holders from the unorganized sector of the society.
  • 1 œTo succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces” desire, belief, and expectation.
     
  • 1 Remembering Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: “Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.”
     
  • 1 Remembering Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: “Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow”
     
  • 1 Remembering Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: “Learning gives creativity, Creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge and knowledge makes you great”
     
  • 1 Remembering Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: "All of us do not have equal talent.But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”
     
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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  • March 7, 2015 Festival of Innovation: Forenoon-Biennial Grassroots Innovation Award function (NIF), The Hon'ble President of India to give National awards.
  • March 7, 2015 Festival of Innovation: Afternoon- Global Round-table on Inclusive Innovations and interaction with The Hon'ble President
  • March 8, 2015 Festival of Innovation: Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award to Technology and Engineering students (techpedia.in).
  • March 9, 2015 Festival of Innovation: Innovation Exhibition; Workshop of children on creativity and innovation.
  • March 10, 2015 Festival of Innovation: Workshop of children on creativity and innovation (contd); Meeting of National Innovation Clubs.
  • March 11, 2015 Festival of Innovation: Biomedical, Medical Devices and Biotech Innovations for Grassroots Application (ICMR).
  • March 12, 2015 Festival of Innovation: Exhibition of Innovations in Sanitation, Bio-digestion and Waste Management.
  • March 13, 2015 Festival of Innovation: Financing of Innovation (NABARD) - a meeting of Banking Chairmen and Senior Officers from Ministry of Finance and closure of Festival of Innovation.
 
 
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National Innovation Foundation - India and HPMC sign an MoU.

NIF and HPMC entered into an understanding on August 20, 2015 at Shimla to pursue joint research for developing and commercialising innovative products. The MoU was signed by Dr Vipin Kumar, Director and Chief Innovation Officer of NIF and Shri Jagdish Sharma, Managing Director of HPMC. Read More..

NIF enters into an understanding with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) signed an agreement with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT-Kenya) on July 14th, 2015 for the establishment of innovation cooperation between both the organizations. NIF and JKUAT have agreed to collaborate efforts in the areas of developing long term strategies and plan of action to help in the advancement of individual and community level creativity and innovation, sharing resources and expertise to develop specific programs for community development. Read More..

National Innovation Foundation - India and National Health Systems Resource Centre sign an agreement

National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) and National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) entered into an agreement on April 27, 2015 to collaborate on various activities related to public health. The agreement was signed by Dr Vipin Kumar, Director and Chief Innovation Officer, NIF and Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Executive Director, NHSRC in presence of Dr. Jitender Sharma, Director, NHSRC. Under the scope of the agreement, a number of activities have been envisioned, which include assessment of innovative healthcare technologies, supporting technology transfer for bulk production, supporting pilot studies to validate efficacy and use in public health system, conducting joint training and capacity building in identified areas of work and collaborating in various other areas in the field of healthcare technologies. Read More..

NIF signs MoU for grassroots innovation - septic tank baffle system

At the sidelines of the Festival of Innovation (March 7-13, 2015) being celebrated at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) signed an agreement with GMI Zarhak Moulders Pvt. Ltd on March 11, 2015, for manufacturing and marketing of Poly-septic tank developed by grassroots innovator Rajesh TR from Kerala with support from Blaise Costabir from Goa.  Read More

NIF signs MoU for grassroots innovation - Multi Tree Climber

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NIF signs agreement with Kaviraa Solutions to take forward farmer developed plant varieties

National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF), Ahmedabad signed two agreements with Kaviraa Solutions, Nagpur on March 8, 2015 during Festival of Innovation at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi for production and marketing of HMT & DRK (improved paddy varieties) developed by innovators Shri Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade, Maharashtra and RICHA 2000 (improved Pigeon Pea variety) developed by Shri Rajkumar Rathore, Madhya Pradesh. Read More

Launch of Yuvan Tea- product of NIF India and BVG Group

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NIF and ICAR sign a MoU

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Eighth National Biennial Award Function of Grassroots Innovators and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge Holders, organised by National Innovation Foundation-India.

The Hon'ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee gave away the awards to the best grassroots innovators of the country in an event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on 7th March 2015. These innovators were identified for recognition by National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF) during its 8th National Biennial Competition, which ran from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013 and saw over 35,000 submissions for the same.  Read More..

NIF and NIAS sign MoU to foster Grassroots Innovation

National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) and National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 10th May, 2015 at the NIAS campus in Bangalore to collaborate and further efforts in the areas of intersection of STI (Science, Technology and Innovation), public policy, and social sciences.  Read More

National Innovation Foundation - India (NIF), Ahmedabad and Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) join hands to promote grassroots innovations

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