IIT-Delhi challenge hopes to solve rural issues via innovation

To identify problems in rural areas and suggest technical interventions to solve them, the Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi has announced a design competition.

The competition — Rural Innovative Technohunt — will give students a technical challenge to create an impact in rural areas through innovation.

The institute said the problems can concern areas like agriculture and animal husbandry, village industries, education, health, energy resources, water and sanitation, and other relevant areas.

Announcing the competition, coordinator and principal investigator of RuTAG at IIT-Delhi S. K. Saha said the concept of RuTAG club was introduced a few years ago at the institution in order to expose the students to the technical problems and challenges at the grass-root level.

“In a way, it was a movement for connecting engineering minds with society. The competition will hopefully find a real solution which may be ready to implement,” said Mr. Saha.

The IIT-Delhi said the competition will be held in three stages — concept submission, detailed design, and prototype development.

Up to ₹50,000 funding

The teams selected for stage three will be provided funding of up to ₹50,000 for prototype development in case the product is hardware.

After developing a working prototype, the teams will be required to test it and submit a report.

If the product is a software, the teams will be required to submit a functional software, test the software for realistic situations and submit a report.

In three stages

The teams in stage three will need to give a demonstration of their prototypes on April 20 during the Open House at IIT-Delhi. Winners may also seek a seed grant up of to ₹2 lakh per project from the Design Innovation Centre of IIT-Delhi to carry their ideas forward, the institution said.

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