India’s brightest young minds feted

Ahmedabad: Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2017 to children from across the country on Saturda.

India’s brightest young minds feted
Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee

Ahmedabad: Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr A P J Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards 2017 to children from across the country on Saturday at Grambharti, near Gandhinagar. The children were honoured for their creativity and innovations. This year, 31 students from 11 states were awarded. Overall, more than 90,000 submissions were received from 643 districts of the country during the competition, which ran from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. The competition is organized by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) in association with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Addressing the gathering, Mukherjee said that children are able to identify local problems, think of possible solutions, evaluate them, and develop the best possible solutions. He said, “A large number of children identified through the IGNITE competition are from the disadvantaged sections of society.” He added, “When children learn to identify problems and solve them on their own, the future can only be bright for society and the country.” Speaking on the occasion, NIF chairperson Dr P S Goel said, “Recognitions like IGNITE Awards help create a culture of innovation in our society right from childhood.”

An exhibition to showcase all award-winning ideas by young, creative minds of this nation was organized and a book commemorating the effort was released.