Context: Encouraging school children to innovate is broadening the base of innovation pyramid Children with imaginative minds can come up with innovative solutions to problems in and around them.

  • Government efforts are triggering this imagination and broadening the base of the pyramid of innovation that encourages children to come up with solutions for day to day problems based on science and technology.
  • Such ideas are being solicited by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and meritorious ideas are rewarded with the award money of Rs 10,000 with option of showcasing it to district, state, and national level exhibition along with mentoring support.

Lakhs of children from remotest parts of India are coming up with innovative solutions for problems they encounter – be they be safe kitchen devices, sustainable bio-toilets, or waste management solutions.

About MANAK:
The Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge (MANAK) programme was launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) in 2017.

  • It emphasises on the power of ideas in young minds to create a pipeline of innovative students who can recognise problems and find solutions to them.


  • To harness the power of bright minds spread across 6 lakhs school in the country, DST invites students from government and private schools to send original and innovative ideas having potential to solve common problems.

These ideas go through a tough screening and mentoring process at the school level, district, and state level to be selected for the National level competitions.


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