National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research (NITTTR), Kolkata, established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, engaged in uplifting of the polytechnic education system of the country by imparting training to polytechnic teaching fraternity, has invited entries for the National Innovation Talent Contest for Polytechnics.

National Innovation Talent Contest aims to ensure motivation in skill training among the students, teachers, technical staff members and to foster innovation literacy for improved downstream innovation and productivity in the industries.

Aim of the Contest

The key objective of the contest is to identify the levels of skills and innovation potentials of the students, teachers, and technical staff members of polytechnic institutes and to develop cost effective technological support to the society in the inter disciplinary domains of Engineering and Technology, to foster innovation literacy for improved downstream work and productivity in industry, Confidence building by increasing the innovation potential of the students, teachers and technical staff members of the respective polytechnic; Development of cost effective and innovative technology for the benefit of the society, Helping the industry gaining the access of young and bright polytechnic talents to launch new products and services into the marketplace through the Incubation Centre at NITTTR, Kolkata where the champions are expected to develop the final product, so that common people of our country could be benefited from outcome of the contest.

Theme and Potential Areas

Emphasis should be on research and development of appropriate technology or rural technology for rural development and development of the establishment of a new technology extension service system.

Problem Domains 

Keeping in view of the daily usable products and services, the potential broad areas of interest for the contest includes Agriculture, Energy, Rural housing and Rural Communication by interdisciplinary approaches of Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communication, and Mechanical Engineering.

The Innovations should not be (i) Unnecessary duplication of efforts (ii) Programme redundancy (iii) Uneconomical/wasteful/ use of limited resource (iv) Continued dependency on foreign technology and above all (v) Absence of national capability to bring about sustained, self reliant and popular-based socio-economic development.


A tram should comprise of (i) faculty member as coordinator (ii) technician or 1 faculty member and (iii) 3 students.


Partial travel support up to Rs. 3000/- and accommodation during the contest will be provided. IPR, if any, will be with NITTTR Kolkata and the participating Institute. No seed money will be provided for designing the model. Functioning Model has to be submitted to the host Institute and will be the property of NITTTR, Kolkata. Reimbursement of maximum Rs. 25000/- will be provided upon submission of the original attested bill, of actual expenses.

Applications can be registered online at on or before 30th September, 2018. The form can be downloaded, filled and send it by email to by 30th September, 2018.

Notification of Registration Status will be published on 15th October, 2018. The Contest will be on 23rd and 24th February, 2019 at National Institute Technical Teacher's Training and Research, Kolkata, Block-FC, Sector-III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata – 700106.

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