12 Brilliant Projects Selected to Represent India at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2016 in Arizona, U.S.A

NEW DELHI, December 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Key Highlights  

- 12 winners of Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) 2015 will represent India at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A competing for scholarships and project support

- IRIS 2015 reached over 3 million students and received over 2900 submissions from across the country

- Intel India launches IRIS Abstract Book which details the history of IRIS and synopsis of all the projects showcased along with IRIS Fair 2015 App, a platform for participants to collaborate, interact and share information

At a ceremony held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi on Monday, Intel India announced the finalists of the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science 2015 (IRIS National Science Fair 2015), which aims to encourage problem-solving, research and systematic approaches through science and technology. ' Team India 2016', comprising of 12 selected projects from India's next-generation innovators, will represent the country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May 2016 at Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. The event also launched the IRIS Abstract Book which details the history of IRIS and synopsis of all the projects being showcased, along with IRIS Fair 2015 App, which will serve as a one-stop platform for participants to collaborate, interact and share information around IRIS 2015.

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This year marked the 10th anniversary of the IRIS National Science Fair. Organized in collaboration with the India International Science Fair (IISF) along with the other DST sponsored science initiatives of INSPIRE and I3, IRIS received over 2900 projects from across the country in 2015. The final round included a total of 151 students from 49 cities, and was assessed by a panel of 30 judges.

IRIS focuses on original research-based projects and creates a platform for giving equal opportunity to children from government as well as private schools to come together as part of Team India 2016 and represent India to compete against 70 countries at ISEF.

Commenting on the occasion, Debjani Ghosh, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Managing Director, Intel South Asia,  said, "Intel is committed to STEM education, research and innovation in India. Through IRIS and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, we catalyze innovation and provide a life-changing opportunity for the students to broaden their horizons and collaborate in research programs. It is very relevant today with the ambitious program like Digital India where the role of technology and innovation will be absolutely critical."

Intel ISEF brings together more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships. Past winners at Intel ISEF have won plaudits for themselves and their nations, and several winners have had minor planets named after them.

The Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) is a public private collaboration between the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and Intel India, which aims at empowering the next generation of innovators. With 4 national level mega-fairs - National Children Science Congress (NCSC), Science Fair by National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Jawaharlal Nehru Science Fair by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Science Exhibition affiliated with IRIS, it has emerged as the largest research-based science fair in India. IRIS has been able to reach over 3 million students through its affiliation with other fairs. This year, the INSPIRE Awardees of 2014 were also invited to send in their projects to participate in the IRIS National Science Fair.

Appendix: List of Selected Projects  

No.  Participants     Project Title             Subject           School             Region

1. Shreyas Kapur     Cellphone-based
                     Optometry using           Medicine and     Modern School      New Delhi
                     frequency filtered        Health Sciences
                     Hybrid Images
2. Abhimanyu         Dimenoride - A            Mathematics      Stepping Stones    Chandigarh
   Kumar             Theory on study of                         Sr. Sec. School                      
                        Dimensions and Figures 
3. Naureen Taj       Curing cotton from the    Plant Sciences   Govt.Sr.Secondary  Kavaratti
   Qabeera T N       Wonder Palm-Coconut                        School             Island,
 4. Arvind Krishna    Dynamical Analysis        Mathematics      Ecole Mondiale     Mumbai
                      of the Properties                          World School
   Ranganathan       of a well-defined
                     Point Particle
                     (Origin, Velocity,
                     Trajectory) In A
 5. Parvathi Ram      A New Method for          Cellular and     National Public    Bangalore
                     Simulation-Aided Drug     Molecular        School
                     Discovery using advanced  Biology
                     docking and refolding
 6. Hemant H Kumar    Cognitive Musicology:     Behavioural &    Sindhi High School Bangalore
                     Computational Analysis    Social Science
                     of Carnatic Music using
                     Artificial Neural
                      Networks (ANN)
7. Prashaant         Acceleration of           Plant Sciences   Carmel Junior      Jamshedpur,
    Ranganathan       Germination and Growth                     College School     Jharkhand
                     of Wheat and Barley
                     using Aqueous Ferrofluids
8. Sagnik Majumder   Monotonicity in Random    Mathematics      Hem Sheela Model   Durgapur,
   Amik Mandal       Sequences                                  School             West Bengal
 9. Harshit Jindal    Mycobacterium Indicus     Microbiology     Maharaja Agarsain  New Delhi
   Mahima Yadav      Pranii - A novel approach                  Public School
                     for treating Asthma
 10. Aditya Khant     Airtouch - An application Computer Science Dhirubhai Ambani   Mumbai
                     that enables Touch-Free,                   International
                      Sensor-Independent input                   School
                     for Human-Computer                       
 11. Dhriti Gaur      Controlling Epigenetic    Cellular and     Maharaja Agarsain  New Delhi
                      induced diseases through  Molecular        Public School
    Pushkar Mandal   histone modification      Biology
                     using natural products as 
                     Epigenetic Controllers  
 12. Aditya Bhargava  Nature derived green      Engineering:     Vidya Mandir       Bangalore
                     materials as Optical      Materials and
                     Switches for protection   Bioengineering
                     of Optical Lenses                          

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