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The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has invited candidates to submit applications for the ‘Student Innovation Award for the Year 2022.’ The award is open to all varsity students who have created something innovative. The prescribed application format and guidelines can be found on the college’s official website, The registration deadline is September 30.

Health care and biomedical devices, innovations to assist the persons with disability, agriculture and rural development, food processing and packaging, waste management and disposal are among the few themes in which students can showcase their creative talent.

Trophies, certificates, and cash prizes are awarded to the top three entries

Trophies, certificates, and cash prizes are awarded to the top three entries. The first position holder receives Rs 10,000 in cash, while the second position holder receives Rs 7,000. The third place winner, on the other hand, will receive Rs 5,000. According to the official website, the selected potential innovators from among the Student Innovation Award scheme applicants will be given guidance and handholding in order to improve their innovation further and take it to the next level.

IGNOU aims to identify and encourage the creativity of students

By hosting this award function, IGNOU aims to identify and encourage the creativity of students. “In view of the announcement of the Atmanirbhar Bharat mission by the Government of India, it becomes more important to identify, recognize and support the innovator and entrepreneur students of IGNOU,” reads the brief about the awards on the university’s site.

In 2018, the National Centre for Innovation in Distance Education (NCIDE) established the student innovation award at IGNOU. Since then, the varsity has given awards to the top three innovators each year. In the meantime, other shortlisted potential innovators are receiving training and the necessary support to boost their morale and skills.

The applications can be send via email, at The shortlisted candidates will have to give a presentation in a virtual mode on the development process and working of their innovation. Once the results are declared, the winners will be informed individually as well as via the IGNOU website.

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