Sun, 11 Nov 2012 16:50:49 GMT

Children''s impatience to solve problems good for society:Kalam



Ahmedabad, Nov 10 (PTI) Former President APJ Abdul Kalam today said it was good sign for the society that children are now getting impatient to solve problems.

"The applied creativity of children in converting wonderful ideas is going to be fruitful for the society. I can see children are now getting impatient to solve problems, which is a good sign for society," Kalam said in an event -IGNITE-2012- organised at IIM-A to honour young innovators.

Unique ideas by children like wind-operated ceiling fans, charging mobile from mobile, preventing people from driving without license, amongst others, were given patent applications at the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) organised event.

NIF, a body of the Department of Science and Technology, has filed patents in all applicable cases in the name of students and handed over the patent-related documents to young innovators.

"Children today do not want to live with problems of day-to-day life when our generation started living with them.
The inverted model of innovation implies that children invent, engineer and industry commercialises," Prof Anil K Gupta of Honey Bee Network at IIM-A said.

"We are trying to develop a platform through social media to get more ideas from children," he said.

Overall 14,889 submissions by students from 282 districts of 30 states and union territories were received during less than a year-long IGNITE-2012 competition.

The competition was organised by NIF in association with Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), Society for Research Initiatives in Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), various state education boards.

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