Launched in April, the YIP is a platform to foster young minds with scientific enthusiasm and a credo to solve the problems facing the globe.
Kolkata: The IIT Kharagpur will on Saturday host the final rounds of the Young Innovators’ Programme, in which high school students from across the country would display their projects on how to solve the world’s problems. Launched in April, the YIP is a platform to foster young minds — students from Class 8 to 10 — with scientific enthusiasm and a credo to solve the problems facing the globe.
Altogether, 24 school teams have cleared two elimination rounds and reached the two-day final rounds to be held in the IIT Kharagpur campus from Saturday. The students would come with a scientific innovation in the form of working models, diagrams or animations that can potentially solve a problem facing the globe.
“The YIP would help students understand how an idea can be transformed to a product for use in the real world and help bridge the gap between brilliant ideas and their actual feasibility,” said Simran Garg, general secretary of the branding and relations cell of IIT-KGP that is conducting the event. Six key domains have been identified for the programme — energy, agriculture and food sciences, environment, hardware modelling, product designing and bio-tech. The teams will make model and poster presentation of their ideas along with an exhibition open to visitors and seven IIT-KGP faculty members will judge the projects.
“Through this event we have tried giving the participants an idea of innovative research and encourage them to pursue a career in scientific research against the popular career trends,” Garg said.
The programme would give the participants an idea of innovative research and encourage them to pursue a career in scientific research against popular career trends, she said. The students would also get a chance to explore the scientific environment within the IIT campus and attend a workshop on robotics.
“The enthusiasm and creativity of the participating students is an indication of their potential. It is crucial to identify their talent at a budding age and nurture them as the future of India’s scientific community,” said Prof Baidurya Bhattacharya, associate dean, alumni affairs & international relations and faculty lead for the event.