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The Nobel Prize Series India 2018 is presented by Nobel Media and Nobel Museum in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and the Government of Goa.

It brings together Nobel Laureates, experts and lifelong learners to evoke creative thinking. This unique program combines an exhibition, conference, lectures, roundtables and other meeting spaces. By sharing achievements and stories of Nobel Laureates this program inspires engagement in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision.

Events & Dates:

  • The ExhibitionThe Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World‘ will take place at Kala Academy, Goa. It will be displayed for a month in Goa starting 2nd February.
  • A seminar on innovation and education with all 5 participating Nobel Laureates will be held in the morning of 2nd February at Kala Academy.
  • During Nobel Prize Series over a thousand teachers will be invited to a new kind of meeting made especially for teachersNobel Education Network. It will be held in the afternoon of 2nd February at Kala Academy.
  • Executive roundtable meetings will be arranged in Goa and Mumbai between a number of business profiles and elite researchers as well as Nobel Laureates.
  • A Nobel Laureate will visit local universities in Goa and Mumbai to give an inspirational lecture and conduct a face-to-face discussion with a limited group of students and engage in a meeting with faculty. Check Events


  • The exhibition is open to the public from 2nd February 2018.
  • The seminar is open to anyone, scientist or not, to engage in a dialogue for connection and knowledge sharing.
  • The executive roundtable meetings are closed sessions without audience for an open and animated discussion where all participants take an active part.


The Nobel Prize Series India 2018 will be held from 1st to 5th February 2018.

Vigyan Prasar invites application to participate in 8th National Science Film Festival and Competition (NSFF). The participant can submit his/her film from different categories like science, technology, environment and health. The objective of the festival is to encourage science filmmaking to promote scientific atmosphere through popular science film. Furthermore, participants can submit their films of different duration. The duration is based on the category of filmmakers like govt. and non-govt. institutions or college students. Hence, the participants should give their best to be shortlisted.

Vigyan Prasar established in 1989 is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science & Tech, Govt. of India. Vigyan Prasar organises this festival every year to strengthen scientific temper.

Event date: 20th to 24th February 2018.


  • The committee will consider films produced only between 16th Dec 2015 and 30th Nov 2017.
  • The organisation will not accept films submitted in earlier NSFFs.
  • Participants are required to submit separate entry forms for maximum 2 entries.
  • Films produced in a language other than English are not acceptable without subtitle.
  • The caption of your film should be clear and readable.
  • The film must not violate copyright and intellectual property law.
  • Duration of film is based on specific Categories



  • 2 representatives of shortlisted film and 1 of non-shortlisted can attend the festival. They will get AC 3rd return train fare, lodging and food.
  • The representative of shortlisted film of international category can attend and avail the benefit of lodging and food.
  • The shortlisted participant will get prize amount up to Rs. 100,000 based on different categories. See Award category


1. To fill online form click Here

2. Take a print out of the filled form.

3. Send completely filled form with following enclosures to Vigyan Prasar, Noida (by post/courier/by hand)

  • Pen drive containing: copy of the film in mp4 format, synopsis of the film in 200-250 words (MS word doc), 5 still photographs of the film & 1 photograph of the director (jpeg).
  • Hard copy of the synopsis in English.
  • Certificate from the Principal/HOD (for category C&D)

4. Shortlisted film for screening in the festival will be announced in December 2017.

5. Visit the Website or contact [email protected]

Deadline to submit your entry is 30th November 2017.

Megathon 2017 at IIIT Hyderabad

Megathon 2017, in partnership with Amazon, is an ambitious hackathon program for students. This is a great platform to exhibit effective problem solving as well as intellectual abilities. While there are many fests that offers such platforms, Megathon offers a chance to change dreams and ideas into reality. Participants will receive 5 problem statements divided into two categories – Corporate and Social – to find innovative as well as practical solutions to these problems.

Date: 23rd September 2017 – 24th September 2017

Venue: IIIT Hyderabad, Gachibowli


Megathon 2017 is one of the largest fest. The 2017 Megathon especially requires the eligibility criteria:

  • Only for undergraduate or postgraduate students.
  • Students from any stream may participate.
  • It is noteworthy that a valid college ID card is a must.
  • Cross-college teams may apply as well.

Benefits and rewards:

There is a list of exciting rewards for participants as well as winners of Megathon 2017.

  • Practical as well as effective ideas will receive an initial seed amount of Rs. 5 lakh.
  • Amazon gift vouchers worth Rs. 15,000 and cash prize of Rs. 5000 for winners.
  • The first runner-up team will receive cash award of Rs. 5000 and amazon gift vouchers worth Rs. 5000.
  • Also, winners will have a chance for an amazing internship opportunity (6 months) at Amazon.
  • Certificate of participation.
  • Every participant will receive two meals, Megathon T-shirt, $ 15 worth Digital Ocean credits, free tech domain and a lot more gifts.

Application procedure:

Want to participate? Have a look at this simple application procedure.

  • First of all, register at http://megathon.tech/
  • There is a registration fee of Rs. 250 for early and Rs. 500 for regular registration.
  • Finally, for regular registration, on the spot payment options are also available.



About the program

Abhyuday, IIT Bombay student run organization is coming forward to create a sense of Social responsibility and Leadership among the youth of India. The enthusiastic individuals will demonstrate leadership to to spread the social awareness amongst their peers, their batchmates and their college, thus bringing all like-minded individuals under one banner.

Abhyuday, IIT Bombay, in conjunction with these students wished to bring a change we all wish to herald in the society.


  • Spirited and self motivated college students from campuses pan-India
  • College student interested in social responsibilities
  • Candidate which can spread awareness of social responsibilities and leadership


Benefits to the applier

  • Can get the opportunity of social internships
  • Abhyuday’s T-Shirts
  • Certificate


Application procedure

  •  Visit: http://abhyudayiitb.org.in/cr/#contact-us
  • Fill the form
  • Submit

For further queries visit:  [email protected]

National Students’ Space Challenge 2017, IIT Kharagpur

The IIT Kharagpur, in association with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is organizing a great platform for young as well as aspiring astronomers. This is one of the biggest Fest for the subject in India. There are a plethora of events for students. Here you can present ideas and in addition win exciting prizes. This event will help you cross your horizons and reach your dreams. All details regarding this fest and about events is below.  So, grab this opportunity and make the best of it. Learn, Inspire and Grow with National Students’ Space Challenge 2017.

More about the event and Eligibility:

The National Students’ Space Challenge provides inspiration as well as opportunities for every aspirant. The 2017 National Students’ Space Challenge includes more than one event.

Let us look into furthermore details on the event.

  • Online registration at www.nssc.in/register
  • Venue: IIT Kharagpur.
  • Finally, All applicants must carefully read about rules as well as terms before applying for the same.

Following are the events available at National Students’ Space Challenge 2017:

  • Lift-off
  • Astrophotography
  • CAD
  • Case Study
  • Colonizer
  • Guest Lecture
  • Firoceous
  • Hoverpod
  • Magneteer
  • Paper Presentation
  • Quiz
  • Studex
  • Braitenberg
  • T-Shirt Designing

The National Students’ Space Challenge 2017 especially requires the following eligibility:

  • First of all, Open to everyone (expected audience includes students from high school to post-graduate levels.
  • All details provided, such as name, year of graduation etc. must be as accurate as possible.
  • In addition to the above criteria, individual events have other criteria as well.

Benefits and Rewards:

The National Students’ Space Challenge  2017 is an amazing opportunity for young astronomers.

  • Cash Rewards (Depends on events ranging from Rs 10,000).
  • Total Prizes worth 3.5 Lakhs.
  • A great platform for a variety of exposures as well as ideas.


For furthermore details, registration and additional information kindly log on to http://www.nssc.in/

Important Dates :

Starting From 1st September till 3rd September (For 3 days)





Smart Streets Lab by The Government of Telangana

The Smart Streets Lab by the government of Telengana is an innovative  mission to reduce the road accidents and consequently improve safety of citizens. Practical and innovative ideas are given a chance.

The mission of the programme is to bring down the number of accidents by 2020. The program is initiated since Road Safety was also included in India’s Sustainable Development Goals. This in turn, will also promote woman safety and other relevant issues.

The Government of Telangana and WRI India have jointly organized the Smart Streets Lab. The Labs will use the new developments in technology to create safer and smoother roads. Other important details are given below.

More about the event:

The Smart Streets Lab by the government of Telengana is a practical mission.

The Smart Street Labs Work as following:

  • Boot camp – Access to business, design, marketing, and finance expertise
  • City Advisory – mentorship and consultations with city experts
  • Pilots – Training and technical workshops on pilot design and implementation

Also, all interested contestants must go through terms and conditions as well rules.


The Smart Streets Lab by the government of Telengana especially invites applications from the following:
Smart Streets Lab will support innovations that are:

  • Led by civil society, entrepreneurs, businesses, technology companies, associations etc.
  • Post prototype and have significant traction
  • Led by a dedicated team with adequate funding for a pilot
  • Applicants those who especially have a deep knowledge on marketing scales.
  • Finally, highly scalable.

Smart Labs will support pilots that are:

  • First of all, infrastructure independent or re-using existing infrastructure
  • Also, easy to integrate into existing systems.
  • Aiding policy implementation
  • Affordable for mass consumers
  • Creating value for the entire ecosystem
  • Finally, ed by consortium and partnerships (preferably)



For Additional queries and furthermore information log onto:


Finally, The last date of application is 1st September 2017.