INSPIRE Awards-MANAK - JMA Pilani Class X Student Aryan Soni Marches Ahead

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research - INSPIRE scheme is one of the flagship programmes of Department of Science & Technology (DST),Government of India. The INSPIRE Awards - MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge), being executed by DST with National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF), an autonomous body of DST, aims to motivate students in the age group of 10-15 years and studying in classes 6 to 10.

The objective of the scheme is to target one million original ideas / innovations rooted in science and societal applications to foster a culture of creativity and innovative thinking among school children. Smt Jamuna Mishra Academy - JMA established in the year 2004 at Pilani which is considered as Oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan has set a rich tradition of celebrating various days of national as well as international importance on a regular basis.

It is a matter of great pride that alumni of JMA Pilani are presently pursuing higher education in various institutions which include Banasthali Vidyapith which is not only in various QS Rankings but also in Times Higher Education THE World Rankings as one among the best 3 - 4% global universities as well as Second Best Women’s University in the world and Birla Institute of Technology and Science BITS Pilani which is one of the Institutions of Eminence.

JMA Pilani had nominated two students Aryan Soni and Ankit Saini of Class X for the competition and both got short listed for District Level Exhibition and Project Competition (DLEPC) for the award of INR 10,000/- which was received by them through Direct Benefit Transfer DBT scheme. It is to be noted that out of ten lakh ideas nominated, the best 1 lakh only are awarded INR 10,000. Ankit Saini’s electric broom design was appreciated but could not sail to next round.

However, Aryan Soni with his design of digital T Shirt for Deaf and Dumb moved his status upwards to participate in State Level Exhibition & Project Competition (SLEPC) to be held shortly. At this stage, NIF will be providing mentoring support to Aryan Soni for development of prototypes, in coordination with reputed academic and technology institutions of the country. It goes without saying that selection of ideas / innovations are based on novelty, social applicability, environment friendliness, user friendliness and comparative advantage over the existing similar technologies.

After SLEPC, 1,000 best ideas / innovations will be showcased at the National Level Exhibition & Project Competition (NLEPC) out of which top 60 innovations will be shortlisted for national awards and future direction. The top 60 would be considered by NIF for product/process development and their linkage with other schemes of NIF / DST and their display at the Annual Festival of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (FINE). Principal Mrs Booma Natarajan congratulated Aryan Soni for adding glory to his Alma mater JMA Pilani and for taking the road not taken and wished that it would indeed make a difference.

For more details about JMA Pilani see

Mrs Booma Natarajan, M.Sc., M.A., B.Ed.
Principal, Jamuna Mishra Academy – JMA
Near Old Pilani Post Office
Pilani Rajasthan 333031 India
Phone 91-1596-242314
Email booma_pilani at

About JMA Pilani: Jamuna Mishra Academy - JMA Pilani is a Co-educational English Medium School with Experienced Teachers, Spacious Classrooms and Modern Amenities designed to impart Quality Education combined with All Round Personality Development and lay the Best Foundation for the Child’s Future. While the school admits both boys and girls, the girl student enrollment has been steadily rising every year and is presently nearly 50% of the total strength. Right from its inception, JMA Pilani has embarked on a rich tradition of celebrating various days of national and international significance and festivals which makes it a cut above the rest schools in Pilani. The school has for boys and girls Scout and NCC, girls’ band which has been winning laurels every year. NCC cadets of JMA Pilani have also been selected for participation in Republic Day Camp RDC and Shivaji Trail Trek. Yoga, Karate, Painting and Music are not just part of school routine but a way of life for the students. It is a matter of great pride that JMA Pilani is referred popularly as the School with 100% Results on account of outstanding results year after year in Board of Secondary Education Rajasthan RBSE Class X and Class 12.

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