Science and Technology for Social Innovation

In general, research is a process of identifying problems and seeking solutions through a variety of perspectives, sources, and methods to develop a new understanding or new knowledge. Developments in science and technology are fundamentally altering the way people live, connect, communicate and transact, with profound effects on economic development. Science and technology are key drivers to development because technological and scientific revolutions underpin economic advances, improvements in health systems, education and infrastructure. The extent to which developing economies emerge as economic powerhouses depends on their ability to grasp and apply insights from science and technology and use them creatively. Innovation is the primary driver of technological growth and drives higher living standards.

The Idea Contest provides the participants to think beyond the theoretical research and look forward to ideas that solve socially relevant problems through big data from research in science and technology. They have the opportunity to venture into machine learning and artificial intelligence to showcase the potential of these current trends to bring positive changes to the society. Great ideas will have opportunities for funding towards further research, ideation and incubation.

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To recognise and support promising research and ideas emerging from students and researchers


The contest is to ideate solutions for socially relevant problems related to environment and biotechnology. Research in Science and Technology, for that matter in any domain, could lead to collection of huge data. This big data could be used for machine learning and artificial intelligence. The idea should make use of these current trends to create the solutions and should be leading to industrial applications through scientific experiment.

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Industrial Applications

Attractions of the Contest

Talk by experts

Free participation

Total prize money worth ₹1.5 lakhs

Certificate to all selected participants and winners

Further funding opportunity for the selected proposals


The proposals are accepted in two different tracks

The students / scholars pursuing-
UG / PG / Mphil / PhD



A researcher or employee working in non-profit organisation / research organisation

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Originality of proposal

Adherence to rules of the contest

Rationality and feasibility of the idea presented

Adherence to the proposal format

Appropriateness and clarity of the proposal

Professionalism, organisation and style

Implications of the proposed idea to the society

  1. Maximum number of participants in a team is 5.
  2. The submitted idea should not have been previously presented/published or submitted for consideration somewhere else.
  3. Any idea proposed beyond the theme of the contest will not be considered.
  4. Any proposal submitted after the deadlines will not be evaluated.
  5. The proposal needs to adhere to the format provided.
  6. The proposal should be written in English, using Microsoft Word text processor.
  7. The participants selected for the final presentation need to make the presentation as per the guidelines provided.
  8. Persons from different institutions can be a part of the same team. However, one person can not be a part of multiple teams for the contest.
  9. Participants can be from different institutions. Forming a team with international students will have added bonus.
  10. Extra credits for the idea which is inter-disciplinary in nature.
  11. After you have submitted the soft copy of proposal, a panel of experts will evaluate and shortlisted participants will be notified.
  12. The decision of the panel of experts will be final and no arguments or appeal will be entertained.
  13. By entering a contest, you consent IKST and CHRIST (Deemed to be University) to use your name, photograph, voice, statement and image for any publicity purposes.