Innovative Student Projects Award

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.

Final Year (4th year) B.E./B.Tech/B.Sc.(Engg) projects completed from Aug 1, 2020 up to July 15, 2021 for the academic year 2020-2021.
M.E./M.Tech, M.Sc. (Engg) theses examined from Aug 1, 2020 up to July 15, 2021 during the academic year 2020-2021.
Ph.D. theses examined and accepted/recommended for Award from June 1, 2020 up to June 30, 2021.

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 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.

The Award

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.

Selection Procedure

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 (, 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.

Nomination Form 

Recipients of Innovative Student Projects Award.

Doctoral Level
Dr. Stefie J Stephen, IIT Madras (Incorporation of time-dependent fracture behaviour in the structural design of fibre reinforced concrete elements)
Dr. Asha Das, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala (Automated Nuclear Pleomorphism Scoring in Histopathological Breast Cancer Images)
Dr. Kuppuraj Rajamanickam, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore  (Studies on Flow Dynamics and spray swirl Interactions in Gas Turbine Combustor)
Dr. Akshay Modi, IIT Bombay (Tailored Polymer Nanocomposite Hollow Fiber Membranes for Biomedical, Gas Separation and Water Treatment Applications)
Dr. Priyank Mukeshkumar Shah, IIT Delhi (Adaptive Control Strategies for Resilient Operation of Grid Interfaced Solar Energy Conversion System Enabling Power Quality Improvement)
Dr. Sayan Dey, IIT Kharagpur (NiO Based Sensors for VOC and Heavy Metal ION Detection)
Dr. Chandan Bose, IIT Madras (Dynamical Analysis of unsteady flow phenomena around Flapping wings)
Dr. Jhansi Jadav, University of Hyderabad, School of Engineering Sciences & Technology, Hyderabad (Assessment of Precipitation, deformation and fracture behaviour of Superni 263 Ni base Superalloy under Tensile and Low cycle fatigue conditions)
Dr. Debanjan Das, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore  (New avenues to transition metal-based water splitting electrocatalysts)
Dr. Souvik Ghosh, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (Optical and opto-thermal route towards dynamic nanomanipulation in fluids)
Masters Level
Mr. Sarosh Alam Ghausi, IIT Bombay (Sensitivity of Precipitation and Streamflow Extremes to Temperature over Central and South Asia) jointly with Mr. Suman Banerjee, IIT Madras (Incorporating Domain Knowledge In Multilingual, Goal-Oriented Neural Dialog Models)
Mr. Adarsh Somayaji, IIT Madras (Design & Analysis of a Variable Stiffness Adaptive Jaw for Robust Grasping) jointly with Ms. Krishna Manoj, IIT Madras (Emergence of Rich Dynamical Behaviour in Networks of Coupled Candle-Flame Oscillators: Synchronization, Amplitude Death, and Chimeras)
Ms. Smruti Thakur, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (Ultrasound assisted catalytic transfer hydrogenation of corn oil using Pd/C catalyst by formaldehyde reduction method) jointly with Mr. Pravin Kumar, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Effect of Process Parameters on the Microstructures, Defects and Mechanical properties in 3D-Printed (SLM/PBF) Inconel 718 alloy)
Mr. Malepati Venkata Sai Krishna, National Institute of Technology, Calicut (Development of Active Switched Impedance Network Based NON- Isolated DC-DC Converters) jointly with Mr. Vinay Chandrasekhar K, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (Design, fabrication and analysis of a portable anthropomimetic upperlimb rehabilitation and exoskeleton system)
Ms. Anukiruthika T, Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Thanjavur (Design and Fabrication of Customized Foods Using 3D Printing)
Bachelor Level
Mr. Rishav Dutta, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur (Prediction of Stochastic Non-Stationary Downbursts and Hurricane Wind Field)
Ms. Gayathri Girish, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Utilizing Energy Function and Variational Inference Training for Designing a Novel Graph Neural Network Architecture)
Mr. Rayudu Rahul, National Institute of Technology, Raipur (Internal Linear Mechanism Device for Vertical Transport Distraction Osteogenesis of Maxillo Reconstruction) jointly with Mr. Aakash, IIT Tirupati (An Analytic study of the wiedemann-Franz Law and the thermoelectric figure of merit)
Mr. Alok Kumar Pandey, IIT Hyderabad  (Pencil Lead based Graphite-Silica Composite Anodes for Practical Lithium-ion Batteries)
Mr. A Sai Darahas, Mr. R. Raghavendra, Ms. K. Vineetha and Mr. Y. Nanda Kishore, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Andhra Pradesh (3D Multispectral Brain Tumor Segmentation Using Deep Neural Networks)
Mr. British Sontakke, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Magnetic Transduction Schemes and Electronics for Angular Position Sensing of Through-Shafts over Full Circle Range)
Mr. Allam Varshith Reddy, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Iterative Patched Conic Technique for Lunar Transfer Trajectories)
Mr. Arvind Pujari, IIT Madras (Al-based Plasmonic Nanoparticles as an Alternative to Noble Metal Plasmonics)
Ms. Siri Gadipudi, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Grid Connected Open-end Winding Induction Generator System with Series Reactive Power Compensation for Wind Energy Systems)
Mr. Amogh B S, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (Black Phosphorous based sensors for healthcare applications) jointly with Mr. Khushank Singhal and Mr. Sumakesh Mishra, IIT Delhi (Development of Fast and Efficient Air Purification System)