Pune: Four research projects by school students in Maharashtra have been selected under the Atal Tinkering Innovation Competition (ATIC) held under Atal Innovation Mission by Niti Aayog. A total of 12 student scientists in the state, that include six from Pune have also been selected under it.
The competition was organised six months ago to boost the interest of the students in research and help them innovate. Rajeev Kumar, Vice-President of Niti Aayog will soon announce the awards for selected students and schools.
Out of the projects selected from Maharashtra, two are from Pune and one each from Kolhapur and Nagpur. Two projects by Janaprobodhini Navnagar Vidyalaya in Nigdi in the topics ‘water management’ and ‘health’ won accolades at the competition. A team of students consisting of Malhar Limbekar, Varun Kolhatkar and Tanmay Valhekar constituted a project in water management, while Shravani Limaye, Jay Aherkar and Shreya Gaikwad prepared an innovative project in health.
The project in water management made by the students of Shivraj School and Junior College in Murgud, Kolhapur district, Prathamesh Shete, Anuja Patil and Mubna Shikalgar was also selected. Ninad Ajne, Vallabh Kavare and Anurag Aparajit of Somalwar High School and Junior College in Nagpur, whose research work was on Clean Energy, was selected in the competition.
In the competition, the students had to send in entries of projects in six different areas i.e. Clean Energy, Water Management, Waste Management, Health, Agricultural Technology and Smart Mobility. Out of 650 entries that were received from all over the country, 100 were selected for the competition and these students were given more time and suggested improvements in their projects. Finally, out of 100, 30 were selected. Five entries from each subject have been selected for award.
After Maharashtra, three projects from Delhi and two from Uttar Pradesh have been selected.