Young Innovators Programme is a specially designed programme under Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC). The programme aims to empower future innovators to innovate new products, services or models to meet emerging requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs of the society more effectively through an innovative challenge.
Usefulness, novelty and non-obviousness
a) Assess whether the idea is useful.
How useful is the idea based on its characteristics?
The extent to which the utility is specific, substantial and credible.
b) Assess the novelty of the idea.
Idea must be new, not previously known or used by others, based on literature survey, product information and IPR
c) Assess Non-obviousness of the idea
Idea is different from the usual practice, that a person having normal skill in the related area, would not find it obvious to make the change otherwise
Value of the solution
a) Real measurable consequence of inaction on the problem
Is the problem unworkable?
b) Implication of non-fixing the problem- the mandate not addressed
Is fixing the problem unavoidable?
c) Consequence of a delay in addressing the problem
Is solving the problem urgent?
d) Conspicuous absence of other valid solutions to the problem
Is solving the problem underserved?
a) Will the product or service satisfy as market need?
– Who are the customers and where can they be found?
– What completion is there? Direct/Indirect/International
– How distinct is the product from what is offered by the competitors?
b) Can the product stand test of changing trends or take advantage before it dies out?
c) Does the law of land allow the business to be established?
d) At what prices are customers prepared to buy the product?
e) Can the innovator make a profit?
Additional indicators for evaluating ideas for societal advancement
a) An idea shall be included in the category of STEM Innovation for Societal Advancement if
– it targets a social process.
– it creates positive value of being good or better than what it replaces.
– it promotes a bottom up or civic centered solution where bureaucratic planning or market process fails.
– it promotes a solution addressing a global challenge humanity is facing.
– it pertains to public service delivery of a common social good
– it addresses a need of the marginalized, downtrodden or deprived.
– it helps resolve a conflict or strife.
Social worth of the idea can be estimated by the following indicators
a) Does it result in one or more of the following?
– An organizational change
– Create a social support system accompanying a material innovation
– Political interventions triggered by a large-scale reform
– Create novel patterns of need fulfillment
– Create novel lifestyles often adaptation of material and societal challenges.
b) What is the extent of impact?
Students of age less than 16 from government, aided and private schools including technical schools in the state who have reached the penultimate level in a multi-level merit track during the last three years and shortlisted by the District innovation council can submit an innovative idea through the K-DISC idea exchange.
Students of age more than 16 from Government, Aided and Private Higher Secondary Schools, Vocational Higher Secondary Schools, Technical Schools, Industrial Training Schools and Polytechnics who have reached the penultimate level in a multi-level merit track during the last five years and shortlisted by the District Innovation Council shall be included.
Students or old students of age below 25 from any special school in the state having exceptional creativity in problem solving shall be included.
1) Students winners at district and state level for Sasthra- Ganitha Sasthra-Samoohya Sasthra-Pravarthi Parichaya Mela ( Last 5 Years)
2) Students qualified for INSPIRE at state level ( Last 5 Years)
3) Student winners for district level and state level for VHSE Vocational Expo (Last 5 Years)
4) Talents identified for Skills Kerala 2018 by Department of Employment and Training- penultimate screening ( Last 5 Years)
5) Talents identified for walk with the scholar Programme by Director of Collegiate Education (Last 5 Years).
6) Talents identified through Sastrayan by Director of Collegiate Education (Last 5 Years)
7) Promising talents identified by department of employment and training during earlier years. (Last 5 Years)
8) Promising innovators associated with TBI’s, IEDC’s, IETE, IEEE and other special innovation promotion units established in engineering colleges (Last 5 Years)
9) Rural innovators short listed by Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment.
10) Shortlisted candidates of Kerala Startup Mission’s Idea Day
11) Promising innovators associated with TBI’s, IEDC’s, IETE, IEEE and other special innovation promotion units established in polytechnics ( Last 5 Years)
12) Winners of Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad Vignjanothsavam
13) Yuvamanorama Mastermind competition ( Last 5 Years)
14) Adhi Shankara -Asianet Young Scientist Awards ( Last 5 Years)
– Your ID card
– Soft copy of the certificate, in case you have won any of the above competition.
The YIP 2019 Challenge will be open to all students, from every institution, across Kerala. Applicants can apply to be part of the YIP 2019 Challenge in one of the following two ways:
With notifications and direct communications, K-DISC will invite institutions from all over Kerala to apply to be part of the YIP 2019 Challenge. There will be a minimum requirement these institutions will have to meet before they can register for the Challenge.
With the consent of their Heads, interested Institutions will have to register for the YIP 2019 Challenge with at least 2 Teachers or Faculty Members who would be the “FACILITATORS” of the Institution for YIP, if the institution is shortlisted. The institutions could also recommend mentors for the YIP Programme. Further, these institutes will identify and support groups of students to participate in the Challenge.
Since the Institutions are envisioned to play a crucial facilitating role in the YIP, K-DISC has stipulated a minimum Eligibility Criteria for Institutions:
a. Institute must be registered Institution recognized by the Govt of India, Govt of Kerala.
b. The Heads/Directors/Principals of these Institutions must consent to register for the program.
c. Institution must nominate at least 2 (TWO) Teachers or Faculty members to be the FACILITATORS for the entire duration of YIP 2019.
d. Institution may nominate mentors for the YIP programme
e. Institution must be able to identify, support and ensure the participation of at least a few students.
Screening & Selection Process
K-DISC will use the following Screening & Selection Criteria for prioritizing the final selected list of YIP 2019 Institutions:
a. NIRF Ranking during the last year – for Institutions of Higher Education
b. NAAC Grade during the last year – for Institutions of Higher Education
c. ARIIA Ranking of institutions on Innovation Achievements during the last year
d. Number of Studentsenrolled in regular programmes during the last year– for all kinds of Institutions
e. Previous Years’ Results – for different regular courses
f. No of requests originated for Mentor Registration till the time of application
In cases where the individual is interested in being a part of the YIP 2019 Challenge, but is part of an institution which is not part of the Institutions screened and shortlisted for the Challenge, they may be allowed to register if they are able to obtain the consent of their Head/Principal and the Institute meets the eligibility criteria for the program.
Screening & Selection Process
K-DISC will find the most suitable candidates for the program through a rigorous Screening & Selection process. The selection process is designed with enough rigor to look at the quality and merit of ideas submitted by the applicants. The programme shall be built to check for inquisitiveness, spirit of enquiry, grit and passion which are important pre-requisites for the applicant’s progress and success through the program.
After final submission of their ideas on the digital platform, applicants will be individually and collectively contacted, and even observed closely during interactions, to understand the rationale for their choice of the problem, their rough approach for solving the problem and their passion for the cause.
|Enhancing identified youth with design thinking, collaborative, creative problem solving and leadership skills
|Empowering and building youth through immersive programmes to Learn, Empathize, Accelerate and Disrupt (LEAD).
|Mentoring them and intensifying networking to build a product or develop a process for showcasing in the Young Innovators’ Challenge.
|Certifying promising innovations and attaching the young innovators to research institutions in related areas with scholarships for 1 year.
|Tracking these young innovators and linking them to institutions, industries, enterprises and prospective funding agencies.
|Build a strong pool of mentors to identify, assess and track innovations as well as provide young innovators the necessary academic, domain specific as well as psycho-social support necessary through the process.
K-DISC will use talent scouting agents, agencies and institutions with excellent credentials and track record and who are engaged in the process of identifying ideas in innovation. These agencies will be relied on to undertake the first level of screening of potential talent.
K-DISC will undertake a process of selection from among the students identified under the various streams.
Agencies and institutions organizing state level knowledge fests, science fairs, work exhibitions, and innovation talent hunts for high school and higher secondary levels in Kerala for at least five years continuously with multi-level merit-based and transparent selection processes shall be involved.
Such agencies shall be certified by any one of the following government departments involved in human resources development of children and youth.