Hyderabad: The Village Innovation Challenge, taken up Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) in collaboration with the Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) ended on a grand note and top three village level innovations getting cash prizes.
The event was held in Atmakur and Amarchintha mandals of Makthal constituency of Wanaparthy district.
TSIC presented the cash awards to the winners. Multi-purpose Agri machine from Devarapalli village was adjudged the first winner and bagged a cash award of Rs 20,000. ‘Digital Medication Idea’ from Nandimalli X Raod village was ranked second and it won a prize of Rs 10,000. Waste Management concept from Pinnamcherla was ranked third and got Rs 5,000 cash award.
Speaking on the occasion, TITA Global President Sundeep Kumar Makthala said the Village Innovation Challenge aimed at promoting innovation at the village level. As part of this, a boot camp for the first time was held in 14 villages from each of these two mandals.
Telangana is keen on nurturing innovation at the grass root level and the Village Innovation Challenge is the first of its kind. The programme is in line with the objectives of the State’s new Innovation Policy that is in the offing. TSIC partnered with TITA as the latter has experience in hosting similar events, Makthala said.
As part of the programme, four youth have been selected for participation in the Village Innovation Challenge from each of the villages selected. “The effort has been to encourage innovations that are relevant for local problems. We have got a good response from the local youth for this,” said Makthala.
Village sarpanches have been the nodal point for this programme. The selected members along with TITA representatives have toured the villages to understand the problem areas and evolve suitable solutions. “Youth from the rural areas are as talented as their urban peers.
With some assistance, resources and training, they will grow,” said Makthala about the experience of working in the rural areas. He thanked the IT Minister KT Rama Rao, IT Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and TSIC for the opportunity to work on this concept.
TSIC Chief Innovation Officer Sama Phanindra said working with TITA helped in reaching out to villages to successfully conduct the Village Innovation Challenge. He added, “Government of Telangana Launched the Intinta Innovator Initiative with the belief that everyone can be an innovator.
The participants of the village innovation challenge justify that belief. Many of the participants here have never thought they could invent something to solve their everyday problems using indigenous ideas but when challenged and given an opportunity they become inventors.”
MV Raman School chairman and mandal president Sridhar Goud, who was the guest of honor for the event, has announced a cash award of Rs 5,000 each to four other participants.
TSIC representative Pranay, TITA representatives Rana Pratap, Harika, Vivek Palagani, Sai Palerla, Sowmya, Nitish, MN Rao, Sajid, Sameer, Ramya, Kiran, Shankar and others participated in the event. (INN)