Competition Rules and Guidelines

1.      Qualification:  Any currently enrolled student(s) at DEI (Vocational / Conventional / Distance) at any level of study can participate.

2.      Only new ideas and unsponsored ventures will be permitted – in other words, ideas or ventures which have already received funding or are affiliated elsewhere (either private or governmental) will not be entertained.

3.      Individuals should submit an entry for the competition as per the attached application form and email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In addition to individual entries, group entries (group size to be limited to up to three team members only) can also apply. However, students cannot participate in more than one team. Note that any prize awarded to a team submission will be divided equally amongst all team members.

4.      On-campus DEI participants must attach a scanned copy of their Student Identity Card along with their application form. Off-campus (Vocational / Distance) participants must attach a scanned certificate issued by the Head / Incharge of the Distance Education Centre / Vocational Centre stating that the participant is currently enrolled as a student at that Centre and is presently pursuing a designated course of study.

5.      Participants can submit a maximum of one idea. (If you have more than one idea, chose your best one for submission). 

6.      The competition will be conducted in two stages: Stage I: Preliminary Stage; and Stage II: Final Stage.

a.      In the Preliminary Stage, from all the received applications, a total of ten (10) finalists will be screened-in for entry into the Final Stage (please see Macro Level Business Plan format for the Preliminary Stage submission).

b.      Final Stageentrants will then submit a Micro Level Business Plan (please  see format for the Final Stage submission) and make a 30-minute detailed presentation to the Award Selection Panel – three (3) final winners will then be identified. The winning entries will thereafter enjoy the benefit of availing the incubation facilities within the DEI EVIC to nurture their idea / product into a full-scale marketable product.

7.      Submission deadline (Stage I): April 30, 2015

8.      Submission deadline (Stage II): to be notified at a later date.

9.      No changes in ideas will be entertained once submitted.

10.  Participants will not contest the decision of the judges whose verdicts are final and binding in all respects.

11.  Submitted ideas should belong to the ideation themes only.

12.  Fully completed applications enable the Award Selection Panel to review the applications with ease, thus increasing the chances of selection.

13.  Nominated candidates will/can be contacted for additional supporting details.

14.  All online submitted files should be in *.pdf / zipped format only and email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chetna Themes

Education (Culture, Values and Quality), Energy, Health, Water, and Waste Management.

Some indicative (though not exhaustive) directions for ideation include:

Education (Culture, Values, and Quality):

·         Conservation of cultural heritage

·         Preservation of bio-diversity

·         Learning & practicing of values

·         Developing sensibilities for classless & casteless society

·         Low cost education aids

-   at your door

-   for better employability

-   for better cooperation

-  for nurturing innovation


·         Development of energy audit kits for household use

·         Smart micro grids

·         Green buildings

·         Solar agri farms

·         Zero energy buildings


·         Production of inexpensive non-toxic herbal cigarettes and tobacco chewing gum for reduction of tobacco abuse.

·         Development of low cost, ultra fast urine, stool and blood test kits.

·         Development of non-invasive blood sugar measuring devices / production of low cost glucometers.

·         Development of low cost devices to detect iron and calcium deficiency in women.

·         Mass production of herbal drinks (such as Amla Squash, Panna and Aloe Vera Juice) to replace soft drinks and colas.   

·         Development of recycling systems for hospital waste as an alternate source of energy.

·         Development of technology for production of low cost herbal drugs on mass scale.


·         Development of low cost micro-irrigation systems

·         Low cost water purification systems

·         Low cost recharging of ground water

·         Low cost solutions for recycling and reuse of waste water

·         Low cost rainwater storage reservoirs

·         Detection and removal of harmful microbes, chemicals and heavy metals in water

·         Low speed wind mills to lift water

·         Utilization of evapo-transpiration for water use

Waste management:

·         Waste disposal for energy production and use

·         Recycling of expired medicines

·         Local waste segregation and management

·         Simple tools to solve the issue of manual scavenging

·         Local or immediate energy generation from solid degradable waste

Awards / Prizes

There will be three final winners from amongst the applicants. Each winner will be awarded the DEI Entrepreneurship Award for a total prize money of Rs. 2,40,000/-, paid monthly @ Rs. 20,000/- per month for one-year. 

In addition, each winner will have the opportunity to avail all the facilities in the DEI EVIC for nurturing their idea to a full-scale marketable product together with mentored guidance and support from successful entrepreneurs and industry experts.

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