Purpose of the Award
The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), established in 1987, is a ‘Peer’ body of some of the most distinguished engineers in India and abroad. The salient objects of the Academy are to promote the advancement of and excellence in the practice of engineering and technology and the related science disciplines and their application to problems of national importance. The Academy also aims at presenting research and development activities in engineering at academic and professional forums in India and abroad. INAE encourages inventions, scientific investigations and research, and promotes their application for development of all sectors of the national economy.
There is a need to encourage research and development culture amongst engineers during the formative years of their undergraduate and postgraduate training, so that they begin their professional career well prepared with ideas and innovative skills.
The Academy instituted the above Award since 1998 to identify innovative and creative research projects undertaken by the students in the engineering institutions, and to give an early recognition and incentives to them.
Potentially innovative projects/theses are assessed at three levels, viz., B.E./B.Tech, M.E./M.Tech and Ph.D. Nominations for the awards 2021 will be accepted by the Academy according to the following eligibility requirement.
It is compulsory that Degree / Provisional Degree Certificate must accompany the nomination proforma.
Call for Nominations
Only one nomination for projects/theses in each of the Engineering Sections of INAE listed in Serial 7 of the Nomination Form, at each level, viz., Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor are accepted from an Engineering College for assessing their innovative potential and intrinsic merit. The nominations must be sent by Principal/Deans/Heads/Registrar/Director of Engineering College, where the candidate has carried out his/her project/thesis for award of degree and not through the organization, where the candidate is presently working.
A scanned soft copy of the completed nomination form along with all supporting documents / appendices as per the prescribed format should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In case, the document is not signed (with scanned copy of the signature), an email should be sent by the sponsor viz Principal/Deans/ Heads/Registrar/Director of Engineering College/Institution, where the candidate has carried out his/her project/thesis for award of degree, authenticating the nomination. Please note, there is no requirement to send a hard copy of the nomination form. Reprints are also not required in any form.
Last Date for Nominations
The last date of the receipt of nomination is July 31, 2021.
Maximum of 10 Awardees at each level will be conferred with the Award. The Award shall comprise a certificate and Rs.25000/- in cash for the awardees selected at Doctoral Level; Rs.15000/- in cash for the awardees selected at Master’s Level; and Rs 10,000/- in cash for the awardees selected at Bachelor level to each team member, subject to a maximum of four team members.
All Innovative Student Project Awardees will also be inducted as “Student-Members” during the Awards Ceremony in INAE Annual Convention. The Student -membership is valid for a period of five years.
There would be a two-tier selection process wherein the initial shortlisting would be done by the Selection Committee. The short listed nominees will be invited to make a presentation before the Selection Committee on dates to be announced later. The Selection Committee would then recommend the nominee for conferment of the Award for the approval by the Governing Council.
Presentation of the Award
The awardees will be invited for the INAE Annual Convention being held in December each year wherein they would be conferred with the Award and also inducted as “Student-Members” for a period of five years.
Forwarding of Nominations
In view of the unprecedented crisis due to impact of Covid-19 Virus, the submission of the Nomination form along with all supporting documents/appendices can be submitted by email as a pdf file to INAE (email@example.com), as a special provision for this year. In case, the document is not signed (with scanned copy of the signature), an email should be sent by the sponsor viz Principal/Deans/ Heads/Registrar/Director of Engineering College/Institution, where the candidate has carried out his/her project/thesis for award of degree, authenticating the nomination.