The College of Engineering, Pune (CEOP) in association with the Bhau Institute of Innovation Entrepreneurship and Leadership ( BIEL) launched the 'Ignited innovators of India 2012-13' programme recently.

The programme is aimed at providing a platform to students who are keen to become social entrepreneurs and intend to bring in small but significant changes in the world around them. Eaton Corporation will provide mentorship, funding and networking support to the participants.

Under this programme 1500 participants from 100 colleges spread across 30 cities will be selected. Close to 200 projects related to technology, education, environment, agriculture, health and social cause will be short listed and later two projects from each category will be declared as winners in March 2013. Twelve Eaton employees will mentor the students. The mentors will guide and support the students at every stage of their project lifecycle.

Last year over 1000 students from 30 colleges across Maharashtra participated in the programme. Over 200 projects were submitted, of which 85 projects were shortlisted for final evaluation.Participants had submitted projects on agriculture, education, environment, health, technology and few other areas of social significance that require constant positive change and up-gradation.

The participants identified prominent areas of change and proposed innovative solutions to address the same. Two participants from each of these areas were declared winners and were felicitated

Source: Times of India