Pranab Mukherjee, the former President of India honored 56 children from across 16 states of India with an award named after Dr A P J Abdul Kalam (IGNITE Awards) 2017. The kids were awarded for their innovations and creativity that was beyond imagination. The ceremony was held near Gandhinagar at Grambharti. This year the award recorded for 16 states but the overall submissions were over 65,000 from the 576 districts of India. Every year the competition is organized by NIF (National Innovation Foundation), Dr R A Mashelkar as the chairperson in association with CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education).
The current 2017 edition was held from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017, giving ample of time for the children to create innovative projects. The children aged up to 17 years or students studying up to 12th std. were categorized to participate in the competition and showcase their creativity. Pranab Mukherjee addressing the event mentions that the award is a tribute to Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, the man who was an innovator himself and who invoked and inspired the creativity in people without missing a single opportunity. Mukherjee further announces the leading institutions who will give recognition to these young creators. He also states that the innovations by these young children should be patented to inspire the rest. Addressing the need for social innovations, Pranab says that children should now understand the unmet social innovation need and create it at an early age.
O P Kohli, the Gujarat Governor advised to the teachers and the parents that let the children or students aspire and follow their own dream rather than making them fulfill your dreams. The executive vice chairperson of NIF, Professor Anil Gupta noticed a behavioral pattern that children are impatient for facing problems while this competition will evoke their creativity. There was an exhibition organized to display all these young creator’s innovation to the masses.