The Puducherry government on Tuesday presented cash awards to the winners of the Student Idea and Start Up competitions conducted by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell of the Department of Industries.
The Student Idea and Start Up competitions, an initiative of the ED Cell was conducted in November last year to build entrepreneurship among students.
“The objective is to identify and nurture the qualities when they are young so that they become successful entrepreneurs. The challenges, kick-started in November last year received as many as 78 entries at the school level from students of classes X, XI and XII. At the college level, there were five categories,” Revenue and Information Technology Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan said.
As many as 66 entries were received from arts and science colleges, 46 from engineering colleges, 78 from medical/paramedical colleges, 15 from veterinary/agriculture colleges and seven entries from polytechnic and industrial training institutes, he said.
Jury for each category
According to Prof. S. Ramkumar, Director of the ED Cell, “A panel of juries was constituted to evaluate the entries for the school level and a separate jury panel for each category of the colleges. Four judges independently gave their scores for each entry. All the juries were given only the false number of the entry and the respective idea of the participant.”
Mr. Ramkumar said that in addition to school and college faculty experts, members from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) also judged the entries from the college sector, and officers from the Department of Science and Technology and PIPDIC judged the entries from schools.
The entries were judged on the parameters of business impact and innovation.
The entries were selected based on an evaluation score of 100 marks. The results in the consolidated sheets were collected from all judges and the entries were ranked to identify the 10 best entries in each category. The winners were awarded by Mr. Shahjahan at a function held in Pondicherry University on Tuesday.
At the school level, S. Sriram Sankar of Aklavya International School bagged the first prize. H. Jahaber Fazil and M. Pradesha of ONGC Public School, Karaikal secured the second and third prizes respectively. The winners with presented with cash awards of ₹10,000 ₹7,000 and ₹5,000 respectively.
At the college level, the 10 best ideas in each category were awarded with a Certificate of Excellence. R. Balakrishnan of Aringar Anna Government Arts and Science College, Karaikal bagged the first prize in the arts and science category while S. Ajith of Pondicherry Engineering College bagged the first prize in the engineering category.
Mr. Ramkumar said that the winners in the college category will be eligible for the second round of competitions, and the selected student startups will be supported by the Puducherry government with participation from CII and other stakeholders.