• Last date for registration - 30/1/2021  • Last date for submission of the model video and concept paper - 15/2/2021  • Shortlisted models to be posted on social media - 18/2/2021  • Last date for social media comments/ likes - 26/2/2021  • Date of declaration of winner-National Science Day - 28/2/2021
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Science and technology has transformed the way humans live, bringing enormous progress. However there is a growing concern that science is slowly moving away from nature and human concerns, and to that extent leading to a life of unsustainability.

Gandhiji insisted on human science. Invention is worth its name only if it helps the weak in the community. His idea of 'new education' was meant to promote people-centric science with appropriate technology. Such science would bring about for the commoner an environment of creative thinking and innovative exploration, to improve his own daily life and that of his neighbours and community . Small inventions, Gandhi thought, would steer the villages on a new direction, towards self-reliance and Swaraj, and nurture in everyone a scientific outlook. That science would be morally sound and sustainable. It should start with students.

The Gandhi Research Foundation and the Marathi Vidnyan Parishad are jointly organising a "National Innovation Contest" (NIC) for students. The NIC offers an opportunity to young talents to showcase their creative thinking in the realm of life-centered science and technology. The Contest encourages students to be innovative with the available science and technology in the context of their locality, using endogenous resources, for the welfare of people, in a manner of 'Small is Beautiful'.

(*Eminent economist E. F. Schumacher promoted the idea of small and appropriate technologies and systems intending to empower people more. He wrote the book ‘Small Is Beautiful’, drawing inspiration from Gandhi )


You too can innovate

NIC offers you a unique opportunity to create an innovative model in the following themes. You can make a model on the following topics

Environment - Techniques to control water and air pollution, to ensure clean and potable water; conservation and promotion of biodiversity.
Energy - Non-conventional energy: green energy, biogas, biofuels, reduction of the use of conventional energy.
Information &
     Communication Technology
- Fuel efficient and Pollution free design of automobiles and other vehicles. Remodeling modern devices such as television, radio, mobile, phone, e-mail, internet etc, to make them serve rural life.
Sanitation - Methods of segregated waste disposal; recycle and reuse water; better sanitation.
Employment &
     Village development
- Self-sufficient village; cottage industries; bridging the gap between rural and urban life.
Agriculture - Sustainable agriculture; water harvesting; ground water recharging and irrigation methods; organic farming, composting, pest control; increased productivity; value addition of farm produce.
Education - Life centric education; livelihood based education; green school.

Entry Info


NIC is open to school students of class 5 - 10, who have a passion for science and technology are interested in innovative exploration.

The contest is held in two categories:

Category I: Middle School (class 5-7)

Category II: High School (class 8-10)

To enter the contest, Please Click Here.

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English   Hindi   Marathi

Terms and conditions

Online registration.

No registration fee.

Individual student or group of students can register.

Group (maximum 3 students) may be registered in the name of the team leader.

Registered students will get a log-in ID and password.

Project must be submitted in video format and its summary in word/pdf format.

Video must explain the model and how it works (maximum 5 minutes).

Project summary can be in 300 words, supported by sketches of the model.

Selected models will be uploaded on social media for public comments and likes.

Project must not have been submitted anywhere else before.

Panel (organiser's) decision is final.

Organisers have the discretion to alter the course of the competition, if necessary.

Contestants registered for the NIC are assumed to have accepted all the terms and conditions.

Guideline for video presentation

The video must start with the participant introducing him/her self as follows:
"I/we ………………(name/s)………………… from ..........(school name and place)........… am/are happy to participate in the National Innovation Competition organised by Gandhi Research Foundation and Marathi Science Council. We submit our model called …………(name of the model)…………….

The video must highlight the following aspects:

Summary of models




Components description




Scientific approach / perspective


A. The presentation can be made in Hindi or English or Marathi.

B. Length of the video should not be more than 5 minutes.

C. Size of the video should not be more than 500 mb.

D. Video can be shot using a mobile camera or normal camera.

E. Record the video placing the mobile horizontally.

F. The video should be produced in a bright, quiet environment and spoken in a clear voice.

G. Online submission:

Contestant must submit the following documents:

Student identity card

Aadhaar card

Passport size photo

Video record

Concept paper


Dr. Anil Kakodkar
A nuclear scientist, formerly Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India, and Secretary to the Government of India (2000-09), as well as Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay (1996-2000). Deeply committed to sustainable social equity, he works on sustainable development models such as 'cillage'.
Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar
Former Vice-Chancellor of the Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad; Chair Professor, IIT-Powai (2016-18), an eminent Gandhian scholar and an expert in Environmental Economics.
Prof. J. B. Joshi
is an Indian chemical engineer, nuclear scientist, consultant and teacher, widely known for his innovations in nuclear reactor designs.

Dr. Vipin Kumar
is Director and Chief Innovation Officer at National Innovation Foundation –India (NIF), an institution of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
Mr. A. P. Deshpande
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Honorary Secretary of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad. Chairman, National Center for Science Communicators Chairman, Mumbai Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya.


Awards and Certificates

All registered contestants will be honoured with a certificate.

Teachers who have guided the short listed contestants will also be honoured with a certificate.

Three toppers in each category will be declared as winners. Four consolation prizes will be awarded to the runners-up.

Organisers will extend guidance to those candidates invent break through models, for further research / innovation and patenting.

• First Prize


• Second Prize


• Third Prize


• Consolation Prizes - 4


* Winners will get prizes in the form of Educational materials to the value as stated above


1. Can I register as an individual student?
Individual student or group of students can register.
School students are expected to register, through their school.

2. Can students from outside India apply?
No. Only Indian students can participate in the NIC

3. Is there an age limit?
Students who are below 16years (Class 5th to 10th) can participate in NIC.

Contact Us

Gandhi Research Foundation

Gandhi Teerth, Jain Hills, Jalgaon - 425001 Maharashtra

Contact Number: 9404955220, 9823362330, 9404955226, 9422775918, 0257-2264803

Email: info@gandhifoundation.net, skills@gandhifoundation.net; Website: www.gandhifoundation.net

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