The JKLU Innovation Challenge is an initiative
to help unleash our immense strength and potential for innovation especially among the younger generation – the students in schools.


JKLU Innovation Challenge – 2018

The JKLU Innovation Challenge is an initiative to provide a platform for the young minds of our nation, where they unleash their immense potential for innovation and problem-solving. This innovation challenge is designed for the young generation thinkers and innovators – the school students

About JKLU Innovation Challenge

The world around us is changing at a tremendous pace. With new technologies, products, businesses, and politics, we are living in times when continuous adaptability is required. Innovation and creativity have never been so much in the forefront before. It has become vital for the health of an individual, society and nation alike. It is the ability to nurture and ensure continuous innovation that drives the development of any nation and the well-being of its citizens. With demographic dividend on our side, India is poised for a huge opportunity for growth. We desire to harness that with this challenge.

JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) Jaipur believes that the key to innovation lies not only in big labs, research organizations and large corporations but also in the minds of millions of our youth. Innovation is the habit that needs to be cultivated in young minds if any nation has to make a mark on innovation. The JKLU Innovation Challenge is an initiative to help uncover the potential of our school students. The University has chosen to espouse this initiative given its own ethos of innovation and learning-by-doing, a theme it follows in all its programmes, pedagogy and research. We truly believe that the solutions to some of the biggest challenges the world is facing today can begin with small ideas brought forth by driven, young students.


The format of a competition is such that students, guided by their teachers and mentors, will describe, conceptualize, and build on an innovative idea in selected areas of social importance. Students can further give shape to their ideas through prototyping by using the facilities provided by JK Lakshmipat University and demonstrate them. In times to come, we are quite sure that the Challenge will also bring to life a number of ideas and innovation which will transcend this initiative and may well lead to social and commercial start-ups spurring community-benefitting entrepreneurship.

Theme of the Challenge

Find Solutions for tomorrow, today.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brought together over 150 country leaders in September 2015 to discuss and identify some of the biggest issues that the world needs to address by the year 2030. It identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals that all nations must focus on to help overcome the three largest problems of the world – poverty, injustice and climate change.

The 17 goals identified were-

The Problem Statement

Provide a prototype /idea based on currently available resources, which gives a feasible solution/contribution towards achieving any of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The participating students/teams can provide solutions for any one or more of the goals implementable at the world, national, state, city or community level. For example, they can come up with an innovative and feasible solution for Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, for their city or community.

How to use this challenge to trigger innovation

At JKLU, we believe that anything which improves or finds a better way of doing things is an innovation. If the solution makes it easier, faster, better, more sustainable or reduces the resources required for achieving the same result, it is an innovation. It may also involve finding a new useful application for something that already exists; a new useful service which utilizes an already available technique or resource, a modification in a product to enhance its use or even a new business model.

Things you and your team could think about

Our students are always bubbling with ideas and an innovative thought process. This indicated that if we can ignite a spark in the minds of school students, they could help change our world. Hence, we thought to guide the students towards directing their thought process for bringing out innovation and therefore change.

With the mentioned SDG goals as a context, there are some ways you can think through – What if we could ensure that every child in our city or state goes to school? How would we do that? What if we could reduce the carbon footprint of India by finding a new mechanism of sustainable fuel use? What if every household could use and depend on renewable energy? What if every waste in my community could be put to more productive use? What if we young people in our country had a way of getting equal opportunities to be skilled for a desired job?

Awards & Prizes.

The teams have the opportunity to get awarded with prizes worth Rs. 5 Lacs. Along with this, the school with maximum entries and the teachers with maximum guided projects will also be awarded.

Evaluation criteria will include originality, likely impact, practicality and potential to scale. The winners will be selected by an eminent jury from organizations such as Amazon, McKinsey, Johnson & Johnson, Indian School of Business and many more. The enthusiastic participants also get to attend workshops on problem-solving and innovative 21st-century technologies. Since JKLU believes in bringing ideas to life with its hands-on approach, participants can get incubated JKLU’s Atal Incubation Centre.

  • First Prize: Certificates and award of Rs 1,00,000/-
  • Second Prize: Certificates and award of Rs 50,000/-
  • Third Prize: Certificates and award of Rs 30,000/-
  • Consolation Prize of Rs 10,000/- to 10 other outstanding entries
  • “Innovative campus” award for schools with maximum participation
    Teacher guides of winning teams will be given special awards
  • *20% of each prize will be shared with winning student’s school.

Participating Schools

  • City Montessori School, Aliganj, Lucknow
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIM Lucknow Campus
  • Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Bissau
  • Jaishree Periwal International School
  • Seedling Modern School
  • Delhi Public School, Ajmer Road
  • St. Anselm’s Sr. Sec School
  • Blue Heaven Vidyalaya
  • Lakshmipat Singhania School, Sirohi
  • Lakshmipat Singhania School, Kankroli
  • Bal Vishwa Bharti School, Jaipur
  • The Cambridge School, Jaipur
  • Children’s Academy Convent School, Alwar
  • Keshav Vidyapeeth, Jamdoli
  • St. Joseph Academy School, Jaipur
  • St. Paul’s Sr. Sec School, Abu Road
  • St. Michael’s School, Jaipur
    and 300 more…

Jury Members

Pramath Raj Sinha

Founding Dean, Indian School of Business

R.L. Raina

Former Dean, IIM Lucknow
Fulbright Scholar, SIS Fellow
Vice Chancellor, JK Lakshmipat University

Asheesh Gupta

Industry Scholar, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures
Former Director, McKinsey Knowledge and Capability Centres, India
Pro-Vice Chancellor, JK Lakshmipat University

Sanjay Malhotra

Managing Director, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited

Vineet Joshi

Former CBSE Chairperson, Director General of the National Testing Agency

Shreyasi Singh

Former Managing Director, Inc India

Sanjay Shrivastava

Business Head, Mahindra World City

Vishal Malik

Director of Operations and Administration- McKinsey India

Bhawani Shekhawat

CEO-The Akshay Patra Foundation

Toolika Gupta

Director Indian Institute of Craft & Design

Dheeraj Sanghi

Professor of Computer Science, IIT Kanpur
Former Director, LNMIT, Jaipur,
Director, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh


Jury Decision Project Name Awardee School Mentor
1st Prize Usage of Sound Technology to dissuade wild Animals from destroying Crops Riya Kataria The Shri Ram School, Moulsari, Gurgaon Anjali Sharma
2nd Prize Purification of Air from Algae Ravinder Bishnoi Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station, Jaisalmer Keshav Khandelwal
“Special Mention” Awards Effect of Light/Photo Pollution on  Plants, Animals, Humans and our Environment Mehul Sharma & Ayush Tiwari St. Anthony’s Sr. Secondary School, Udaipur Bhim Bahadur Chhetri
Smart Traffic Management – Ambulance/Emergency services Yavya Sharma St. Anthony’s Sr. Secondary School, Udaipur Bhim Bahadur Chhetri
Batteryless Electric Car Mahendra Kumar Mali & Shivam Verma Sant Shri Asharamji Gurukul, Motera, Gandhinagar, Gujarat Shishir Kumar Bhuyan
Innovative Campus Award   Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School, Jaipur    
Innovation Guru Awards   Anjali Sharma  
  Keshav Khandelwal    
  Bhim Bahadur Chhetri    
  Shishir Kumar Bhuyan