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Transform Maharashtra Campaign

2 May 2017

IIT BOMBAY STUDENT TEAMS AWARDED FOR THEIR SOLUTIONS ON SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHALLENGES FOR 'TRANSFORM MAHARASHTRA' CAMPAIGN

-First Prize For Solution On The Theme 'Jai Kisan: Drought-Free Maharashtra'  

-Second Prize For Their Solution On 'Clean Slate: Swachh Maharashtra'

-Second Prize For Solution On 'Smart & Smarter: Development Of Sustainable & Liveable Cities'

-Second Prize For Their Solution On 'By The People: Citizen Engagement In Governance In the Judges' Category

MUMBAI, MAY 1, 2017: 'Transform Maharashtra', is a unique initiative led by Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis, as a part of his efforts to engage the youth of the state in governance and create a road-map for developed Maharashtra by 2025. It is a state-wide competition that invited solutions from college students across state to the 11 socio-economic challenges faced by Maharashtra. The competition was launched by the Chief Minister in December 2016 during Mood Indigo Festival in IIT Bombay and has touched around 4,00,000 people (including 15,000 participants) so far. 

- The students team 'Drona' from the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Bombay provided solutions to address the issue under the theme 'Jai Kisan: Drought-free Maharashtra' and has won first prize in the Judges Choice in this theme for their valuable solutions. The prize comprises of a cheque for Rs. One Lakh to the team. The team comprised of five members as follows: Rishu Bagla, M.Tech; Pratiksha Jain, PhD; Shivam Pundir, M.Tech; Parvathi S, M.Tech; and Nithin P.P., M.Tech.  Deparatment of Civil Engineering.

- The second team 'Samwad' from IIT Bombay provided solutions to address the issues on the theme 'By the People: Citizen Engagement in Governance' and has won second prize in the Judges Choice under this theme. The team comprises of Nitish Fatarpekar, Department of Physics; Neha Bhargava and Shalini Shrivastava, Department of Electrical Engineering; Gulam Sarwar and Mehul Lad from Department of Mechanical Engineering.  

- The third team called 'Project Solarise' gave solution on 'Smart & Smarter: Development of Sustainable & Liveable Cities'. The team has won second prize and it comprises of Akhil Manepalli and P. Pradeep, Department of Energy Science & Engineering; Kartik Bilolikar and Gunjan Auti, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Mayur Mistry, Department of Civil Engineering; and Darshit Jain, Department of Electrical Engineering.

The competition witnessed around 2500 submissions from around 15,000 students across Maharashtra. The solutions received from the students were judged for two exclusive categories of prizes – ‘Judges' Choice’ and ‘Popular Choice’. To select entries for Judges' Choice Prizes (specific for each theme), industry experts in relation to different themes were brought on board. The Popular Choice Prizes  (specific for each theme), were selected on the basis of the online voting that created quite a buzz on the internet with more than 6 lakhs votes casted.

The prizes to the winners were awarded by the Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis and the teams presented their solutions on the select themes to the Hon'ble  Chief Minister on Maharashtra Day in an event today on. May 1st, 2017. This is the first time in Maharashtra that students discussed the issues concerning the state with the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 

The Event was graced by the presence of Shri Ratan Tata, Actor Akshay Kumar, Major General Anuj Mathur amongst others, and also witnessed musical performance by Kay Kay, a prominent Bollywood and cultural singer.  It included an exhibition which showcased the innovative ideas / solutions / projects by other students of Maharashtra, who could not attend the finale.