Top 10 Student Innovations from Telangana Govt. Degree, Polytechnic, SW Colleges Win Prizes

Hyderabad: A collective effort of Youth for Social Impact (YFSI), Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC), Telangana Department of Higher Education, UNICEF India, Inqui-Lab Foundation, Y-Hub and YuWaah, which trained 11823 college students. In Design Thinking, this year concluded with top 10 teams from across the state showcasing their winning ideas at an Innovation Showcase at T-Hub, Hyderabad today.

To encourage Telangana students in Engineering, Govt. Undergraduate, polytechnic and ITI schools to solve rural problems, YFSI was strategized and executed with the 6I approach: Inspire, Identify, Ideate, Immerse, Iterate and Implement, which helped students build solutions to rural problems with an immersive experience.

Expressing his gratitude to the students, SK Joshi, former chief secretary of Telangana, said, “I am happy to know that today innovation becomes the reason for tears of a teacher to secure top rank for his students. This program is a true example of how creativity and innovation can lead to employment.”

As part of the program, together with 11823 students and 540 teachers from more than 490 high schools, they raised awareness about Design Thinking and Innovation. From the 824 innovation proposals of the student groups, 10 main ideas were selected for the final showcase of the program.

Shanta Thoutam, Chief Innovation Officer, Telangana, TSIC’s vision is to build and nurture a culture of innovation in the 33 districts of Telangana. We believe that innovation cannot be limited to students from specific demographics and geographies, and that YFSI remains a true testament to inclusive participation. Together with partners, TSIC will take the top 10 ideas by hand, to spread them in all possible ways. My deepest gratitude goes to UNICEF India, Inqui-Lab Foundation, YuWaah and Y-Hub for complementing our efforts to spread innovation, a step towards building an innovation-driven economy.”

Winner details

The 1st prize was bagged by the team from Govt. Women’s Polytechnic University – Warangal for their idea, Rythanna Kit: Tarpaulin zip cover is being used to dry the grains and protect them from moisture and rain. The 2nd prize was awarded to BVRIT College of Engineering for Women, Hyderabad for its Bite Systems idea: Suraksha – a safety device that will act as a communication channel with safety features for underground mine workers. The 3rd prize was awarded by TSWRDS (W) Warangal East to Krimi Haarini for her idea: Increasing the shell time of food grains which is a necessity of every household in today’s lifestyle. Special appreciation was given to St. Ann’s College for Women for the idea of ​​Porcini Parcels, which is a mushroom product and packaging that will replace thermocol, polystyrene and bubble wrap. Mycelial waste from mushroom cultivation can be used for this process.

Murali Krishna, Child Protection Officer At UNICEF India, he said, “Our partnership with the Govt. started with a vision to improve the learning skills of Telangana students and ultimately the entire learning ecosystem through Design Thinking and Innovation. We believe it will become a strong foundation for building an innovative community. The program also trusts provided that even the most vulnerable communities can be recognized if innovations are involved, and we continue to do so through Y-Hub. UNICEF India is pleased to announce half a billion rupees to scale up the top 10 innovations at the milestone level.”

Gareth Wynn Owen, British Deputy Commissioner To Telangana, he said, “I think all those who have showcased their innovations today are winners because they have taken a step towards solving some crucial problems of the society. This program establishes the right idea that the importance of practicing thinking to solve a problem leads to creative thinking among young people.’

Vivek, the creator of Inqui-Lab Foundation, said: “We are happy today to be part of the state that is a pioneer in the efforts to cultivate the culture of innovation. Innovation is not just about ideas or making money, it’s about spontaneous thinking to solve a problem. Programs like YFSI are an example of building a conscious society full of innovators.’

From Raviteja YuWaah, extending gratitude to all the partners and individuals behind the initiative, “Telangana is setting an example of innovation to other states. Efforts are being made to replicate the programs in other states of India and outside the country as well. We follow a UNICEF model: UPSHIFT as the basis of all programs related to innovation. In the coming years, we will continue to scale high-level ideas and programs that have increased delta.’

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