Innovative Student Projects 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.
In order to provide impetus to the economic growth of the country and its development, it is important to promote leading edge indigenous technologies which are innovative, cost effective and appropriate for our environment. Therefore, 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 scheme of Awards and is implementing it since 1998, to identify innovative and creative research projects undertaken by the students and scholars in the engineering institutions, and to give an early recognition and incentives to them. The Academy firmly believes that an early recognition of merit and talent is important which can mark the beginning of a brilliant career.
to encourage young engineers to engage themselves in industry oriented research.
to promote joint projects among Industry, Research Laboratories and Academic Institutions.
to induce Industry to take up further development of the recognized projects, which may ultimately become new and innovative industrial processes or products and may give first-in-the market advantage.
A database of Engineering Institutions in the country has been established by INAE covering Government and Private as well as Defence Services Technical Institutions. One best project/thesis in each of the Engineering Sections of INAE (mentioned in serial 7 of the Nomination Proforma) at the three levels, viz., Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor recommended by the Heads of various Engineering Institutions / Colleges will be evaluated for their innovative potential by an INAE Selection Committee comprising of experts from each major field of engineering.
Call for Nominations 
One nomination for projects/theses in each of the Engineering Sections of INAE listed in Serial 7 of the Nomination Form, at the three levels, viz., Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor are invited from Deans/Heads of Engineering College/Departments for assessing their innovative potential and intrinsic merit. The nominations are to be sent on A-4 size paper in the prescribed format given in the brochure. (Ink signed copy of the nominations are to be sent, in case the same has been downloaded from INAE website). A CD containing a soft copy of the same may also be sent in MS Word along with the hard copy of the Proforma.
The nominations must be sent by Deans/Heads of Engineering College where the candidate has carried out his project/thesis for award of degree and not through the organization where the candidate is presently working.
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 2017 will be accepted by the Academy according to the following eligibility requirement.
(i) B.E./B.Tech projects completed upto June 30 during the academic year 2016-2017. Only Final Year (4th year) projects of students who will be completing their B.E./B.Tech degree requirements by June 30, 2017 are eligible to be nominated for the subject award
(ii) M.E./M.Tech theses examined from July 1, 2016 upto June 30, 2017 during the academic year 2016 -2017.
(iii) Ph.D. theses examined and accepted/recommended for Award from June 1, 2016 upto May 31, 2017.
It is compulsory that Degree / Provisional Degree Certificate must accompany the nomination proforma.
Last Date for Nominations
The last date of the receipt of nomination is July 7, 2017. Subsequently, when requested by the Academy, the Institution / College should be prepared to furnish copies of theses/projects along with relevant documents at a short notice.
The Award shall comprise a certificate and Rs. 10,000/- in cash to each team member of the selected project, subject to a maximum of four team members.
Presentation of the work of the Nominee 
The short listed nominees will be invited to make a presentation of their work before a Selection Committee of INAE for durations of 12 min (at Doctoral level) and 9 min (at Master’s level) and 7 min (at Bachelor level) on dates to be announced later. The presentation should be strictly based on a maximum of SIX slides at Doctoral & Master’s Levels and FIVE slides at Bachelor Level and shall be made on a prescribed format, which shall be forwarded to the shortlisted nominees, subsequently. C.V. of the candidate is not required for presentation.
Forwarding of Nominations 
The ink signed hard copy of the nominations should be sent by courier/Speed Post to:
Executive Director,
Indian National Academy of Engineering,
6th Floor, Unit No. 604-609,
SPAZE I-Tech Park, Tower A,
Sector 49, Sohna Road,
Gurgaon - 122018
Tel : 0124 - 4239480
Fax : 0124 -  4239481
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Ph.D. Level
1Dr (Ms) Sunitha K Nayar, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Design of Fibre Reinforced Concrete Slabs-on-Grade and Pavements)
2Dr Ravinder Kumar Duvedi, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology University, Patiala (Tool Positioning Algorithms for Improved Machining of Triangulated Surfaces)
3Dr Tanmoy Chakraborty, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (Community Analysis in Large Networks: Methods and Applications)
4Dr Santanu Talukder, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Study and Control of Electromigration Driven Material Transport For Applications in Nanofabrication and Patterning)
5Dr Sasikumar P, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Uncertainity Quantification and Reliability Analysis of Laminated Composite Structures with Spatial Random Inhomogeneities)
M.E./M.Tech Level
1Mr Sourav Sengupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (Modelling of Non-solvent Induced Phase Separation during Membrane Casting)
2Mr Vibhor Pandhare, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore (A Social Network For Machines – Realizing Industry 4.0)
3Mr Sandip Mondal, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (Application of Biotechnology in Concrete)
4Mr Abhijit A Datta, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Design and Development of a novel 2.5 KVA Two-Stage Transformer-Less Grid-tied PV System Based on SiC Devices with Emergency Battery-Backup)
5Ms Chandreyee Sarkar, Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta (Engineered Ground Plane for Dielectric Resonator Antenna to Resolve an issue of Practical Mount)
B.E./B.Tech Level
1Agarshna Murari M, Karthik G., Balachandar R. and Ashwin Nambi
Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur
(Design and Fabrication of a Pneumatically Actuated Exoskeleton for Sitting Posture to Reduce Labour Fatigue)
2Chiluka Soniya, Dandu Mukul Sri, Ravul Rikitha and V Jaydev Kumar
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
(Design and Development of Prototype of an Android Based Agricultural Robot with Motorized Shovel Control System and Automatic Seed Dispensing System)
3Gaurav Mittal, Kaushal Yagnik and Mohit Garg
Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar
(SpotGarbage: Smartphone App to Detect Garbage Using Deep Learning)
4S. Anand Raj, P. Praveenkumar, S. Siva and B. Thangamariappan
National Engineering College, Kovilpatti
(Automatic Lifting System for Physically Challenged people to board the Indian trains )
5Kakanuru Sumithra
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthpuram
(Integrated Algorithm for Tracking Using KCF and TLD and its Extensive Evaluation)
The Forms Will Be Available Shortly.