Pop an idea and win a prize! Those in the 16-35 years age group in Haryana will now have a platform to articulate their thoughts, aimed at improving governance, public service and technology. The Youth Ingenuity Award being instituted by the Haryana Innovation Council intends to tap the intellectual vigour of the youth and reward them for their ideas.
Principal secretary, science and technology, Dheera Khandelwal said it would also provide an opportunity to youth to be heard and prove that they, in the real sense, are the demographic dividend for the nation.
"The aim of this initiative is to involve divergent voices, views and mode of doing things to impact the end result qualitatively. This way we will be able to explore new ways of finding innovative methods to improve government schemes. This will also help in formulating new schemes of public welfare and suggest ways of innovative use of technology," Khandelwal said.
The awards will be given for two categories - ideas for schemes and ideas for technology. "The proposal or suggestion should be constructive and innovative in nature aimed at improvement of a government scheme or programme and its delivery. However, it should not be in the nature of a complaint.
For proposing new schemes, the objective, mechanism and output result should be clearly mentioned. Ideas on technology-related issues should be clear, cogent and implementable, resulting in cost-effectiveness and should make people's lives easier," the principal secretary said.
The state innovation council is the state-level counterpart of the National Innovation Council headed by acclaimed development thinker Sam Pitroda. "The President has declared 2010-20 as the decade of innovation.
The office of adviser to the prime minister on public information, infrastructure and innovations is working on developing a national strategy on innovation with a focus on an indigenous model of inclusive growth that underlines access, affordability and fosters innovation at the grassroots. We are trying to work within that framework," Khandelwal said.
Awards for ideas
*34 cash prizes in two categories, including four prizes of Rs 50,000 each, and 20 prizes of Rs 10,000 each
*Entry should contain a write-up demonstrating understanding of a government scheme or programme operational in Haryana
*Ideas should be implementable in view of the social, economic, cultural and geographic conditions of the state
*Applicants to send their ideas by September 5, 2013, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the department of science and technology, Sector 2, Panchkula