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Sai Baba college girls’ idea on reusing plastic waste wins award

Girls from Sri Sai Baba National Degree College receiving certificates at Sri Krishnadevaraya University in Anantapur.

Girls from Sri Sai Baba National Degree College receiving certificates at Sri Krishnadevaraya University in Anantapur.   | Photo Credit: R_V_S_PRASAD

15 teams take part in two-day Ideathon of Atal Innovation Mission

Girl students from the Sri Sai Baba National Degree College here have won a year of mentorship at the Atal Incubation Centre, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, for their innovative idea at the first-ever two-day Ideathon conducted by the Atal Innovation Mission on ‘Solution for Plastic Pollution’.

The ideathon is part of the Central government’s project to bring out innovative ideas from among the college-going students from all disciplines and give them a year-long training on incubating their idea for beginning a startup when they were ready with the experience to launch their own entrepreneurial venture.

In all, 15 teams from Krishna district, Chittoor, Hyderabad, Kerala and Anantapur underwent an awareness programme on coming up with solutions to stop plastic pollution in the country.

AIC-SKU Anantapur director Nagabhushan Raju, chairing the programme, said it was one of the initiatives of the Centre to bring bright minds and ideas together for mentorship at the AICs to help students become entrepreneurs.

Profitable idea

At the end of the programme, they were asked to present their ideas for curbing the pollution and how they could turn it into a business proposition. A panel of five judges from diversified fields like industry, and academics judged their ideas on sustainability, profitability and uniqueness to succeed as an entrepreneurial project attracting venture capitalists to invest in it.

With a caption, ‘Up Cycling of Plastic’, four girls – S. Noori, B. Bhargavi, M. Rajeshwari and G. Anusha – presented their idea of creating jobs for women by utilising domestic plastic waste material to make dolls, show-pieces and objects that could be reused without consigning them to the dumping yards. They also proposed to buy plastic bottles and other plastic items that could be sold as objects of daily use or show-pieces. The idea won them ₹10,000 cash prize and one year of free internship at the Atal Innovation Centre.

Power from plastic

A team of engineering students won the second spot for their project idea of producing electricity from plastic objects using pyrolysis technique, while another co-winner was a group of individuals from various cities projecting a business idea to bring awareness on shunning objects of plastic and bringing to consumers eco-friendly items of daily use, made of mud, agriculture waste, paper and other such material.

AIC-SKU Chief Executive Officer Satish detailed the scheme.

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