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.

Eligibility

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 inaehq@inae.in. 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 (inaehq@inae.in), 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.

2021
Doctoral Level
Dr Indrasis Das, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (Bioelectric Toilet: For onsite treatment of black water to facilitate reuse of treated water and electricity generation for onsite applications)
Dr Arpita Biswas, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Algorithms for Fair Decision Making: Provable Guarantees and Applications)
Dr Vijai Laxmi, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Design and Development of Microdevices for Platelet Rich/Poor Plasma Separation from Blood)
Dr Khushboo Suman, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Microstructure and Viscoelasticity of Physical Gels)
Dr Syed Shahjahan Ahmad, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Modeling, Characterization, Control and Design of Switched Reluctance Machines)
Dr Sanghamitra Ghosal, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology Shibpur (Ternary Hybrid Junctions of Semiconducting Oxide Nanostructures, Reduced Graphene Oxide and Noble Metal for Improved Gas Sensor Device Applications)
Dr Syed Idrees Afzal Jalali, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Evaluation of Power-Law Creep in Bending)
Dr Parvaiz Ahmad Shiekh, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Engineering Bioinspired Polyurethane Scaffolds to Attenuate Oxidative Stress and Hypoxia for Cardiac and Dermal Tissue Regeneration)
Masters Level
Ms Vasamsetti Sri Harika, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (Health Monitoring of Structures under Ambient and Vehicle Excitations)
Ms Tapadyoti Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (Authenticated Encryption using Cellular Automata)
Mr Sampad Laha, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (The Dynamics of Blood on Paper Matrix and its Implication in Point of Care Diagnostics)
Ms Lubna Muzamil Rehman, Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, K.K Birla Goa Campus, Goa (Understanding the Thermodynamics of Salt-water systems)
Ms Jashaswini Bhuyan, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar (Performance Analysis and Optimization of Receive Diversity PLC system with imperfect CSI in Nakagami-m noise environment)
Ms Shruti Tandon, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Investigating the intermittency route of chaos to order transition in laminar and turbulent thermoacoustic systems)
Mr Nampelly Ganesh, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Eddy Resolving Simulations of Cavity Flows)
Bachelor Level
Mr Love Kush Tak, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Calorific value determination of Reject Fractions from Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant)
Mr Aditya Chetan & Ms Brihi Joshi, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (Understanding Adversarial Collusive Activities in Online Social Networks)
Mr Ashwin Agrawal, Mr Rohan Katkar and Mr Suyash Dadmal, College of Engineering, Pune (Design and Development of agricultural harvester mechanism for bulbous crops like onions)
Mr Merul Ritesh Shah, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (Design a brine preparation unit to manufacture 2000 TPD of soda ash using sea water as raw Material)
Ms Sakshi Sushant Naik, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (Novel strategies in Automated & Physics-driven Deep Learning for Real-time Optimal design of Cascaded Industrial Crystallizers)
Mr Ishank Shekhar, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Generation of 24-Sided Polygonal Voltage Space Vector Structure with Reduced Hardware Complexity)
Mr Shashank Tomar, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Launch Vehicle Landing Trajectory Optimisation)
Mr Sontam Govardhan Reddy, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (Dynamic modulation of light using plasmonic nanostructures on elastomeric PDMS substrates)