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National Student Challenge 2013: come up with creative ideas to solve some of the most pressing urban problems

National Student Challenge 2013

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The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) announces the National Student Challenge (NSC) 2013.

NSC 2013 brings together young people who want to be change-makers in India's urban transformation. If you believe that you can design solutions to some of the most pressing urban problems – mobility, housing, livelihoods, education, safety and violence, and disaster risk reduction – NSC 2013 is the platform for you.

We invite undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students from institutions all over the country to come up with creative ideas to solve traffic problems, manage waste or provide viable livelihood options to the urban poor. Winning teams will receive an implementation grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, in addition to expert guidance and support to turn their ideas into sustainable ventures.

Eligibility Criteria
Undergraduate Students
Post-graduate Students
Doctoral Students

Age Limit: 30 Years (As of 15.10.2013)

Participate in the 'Challenge'
1. Form teams of 3 to 5 students
2. Identify an urban challenge
3. Formulate Problem Statement and a Possible Solution Statement
4. Submit Problem and Solution Statements

After submission
The deadline for submission of statements is 01.10.2013. 25 teams will be shortlisted based on several parameters and notified by 13.10.2013. If your team is shortlisted, you will be assigned a mentor, a subject matter expert in your chosen theme, who will help streamline your solution. After 6 weeks of mentoring, you will present your solution to an eminent jury at the finals on December 11 and 12, 2013 at the IIHS Bangalore Campus.

"Cultural Expression" to an Urban Issue
The 25 shortlisted teams have the option of expressing their observations about Urban Issues through creative arts. You may also select a performing art to portray your idea. The expressions could be in the form of play-acting, film, dance & song, role-play, narration, miming, parody, photography or painting. These expressions could complement your chosen themes and provide relatable context. Cultural Expression is optional.

Prizes
Top three teams will receive an implementation grant of Rs. 3,00,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation apart from the individual cash prizes they also get.

Additionally, please free to contact us at any point of time at nsc@transformurbanindia.com or call us at: 91-80-67606666. You can ask for either Shalini Pal or Sarat Chandra Gnanamgari and we'll be happy to assist you with your queries. We wish you all the best!

IMPORTANT DEADLINES
09|09|2013 – Final date for registration of teams
01|10|2013 – Final date for the submission of the statements
12|10|2013 – Final shortlisting of the teams
19|10|2013 – Mentor mapping and assigning of mentors
11 & 12 December 2013 – NSC 2013 Finals

Register for NSC 2013 | Entries close 09/09/2013

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School of Environmental Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Cordially invites you to a presentation on

NATIONAL STUDENT CHALLENGE 2013

Speakers: Team, Transform Urban India, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore
Date: 3rd September (Tuesday)
Time: 3pm onwards
Venue: Seminar Room, SES.

Brief Sketch of the organization: The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. IIHS holds its flagship student-focused initiative, Transform Urban India National Student Challenge (TUI-NSC) each year. The NSC 2013 is a platform which aims to bring together young people who want to be change-makers in India's urban transformation. Undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students are invited from institutions all over the country to come up with creative ideas to solve problems facing urban centers.

The themes for 2013 include

  • Transportation, Mobility - sustainable urban transport, Traffic congestion, Transportation & Environmental Management, New Construction Methods, Green Logistics
  • Basic Services – water, sanitation, solid waste management, lack of social community network, public-private partnership
  • Livelihoods - securing basic necessities – water, food, shelter, occupational vulnerability, skill up gradation, informal employment
  • Human Development - health, education, employability
  • Housing - housing stock at different income levels, possibilities & limitations of private players
  • Urban Culture - social practices associated with modern cities, way of life
  • Safety & Violence - safety at workplace, in schools, on road, in hospitals& treatment, in drugs
  • Urban Poor - change in socioeconomic, political, bureaucratic, religious system, reason for urban poverty
  • Governance & Institution - act of governing, decisions that defines expectations of people, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, equitable & inclusive, right to elect
  • Disaster risk reduction - man-made situations contribute to disasters, insensitive administration

The winning teams will receive an implementation grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, in addition to expert guidance and support to turn their ideas into sustainable ventures.

• Copy of the brochure available with the AO in SES office

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