New Delhi, November 20: Top 30 winners of the Gandhian Challenge have been declared by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog in association with UNICEF and MyGov. It was organised to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Participants were required to find innovative solutions based on Gandhian principles for new world challenges such as global warming, increasing violence and intolerance, etc.
Innovative solutions for New World challenges
The challenge was open to students studying in classes 6-12 in two categories – Art and Innovation, and Science and Technology and Innovation. The participants include over 3,800 children and nearly 3,000 Atal Tinkering Lab schools as well as community schools. They were encouraged to read and understand Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology and apply it to come up with innovative solutions for New World challenges.
Design of low-cost mechanical equipment to clear blockages in sewage pipes, easing the work of sewage workers was one of the innovative ideas submitted by the students. Using IoT solutions to keep a track of the health of ageing parents was another entry. A mobile app can access this information remotely.
“The Gandhian challenge was to stimulate the latent creativity and innovative thinking of every student be it in art, science or technology. This challenge proved that children are extremely observant of the pain and problems around them and think out-of-the-box to depict and ideate solutions to solve some of these problems,” Mr. R Ramanan, Mission Director AIM, NITI Aayog, has been quoted as saying to a national daily.
The Challenge coincided with the global celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). November 20 is celebrated as World Children’s Day every year.
Celebration of Article 12 of CRC
Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, the UNICEF India Representative congratulated the winners and said, “The Gandhian Challenge is a fitting celebration of Article 12 of the CRC, which guarantees every child the right to be heard, to participate, and to play a role in the civic life of their society.”
The overwhelming response to the Challenge shows the commitment to Gandhian values in the society, said Mr. Abhishek Singh, CEO MyGov.
Mission Director – AIM, UNICEF Representative in India and CEO, My Gov will award certificates to the winners from the challenge.