Manipal Academy of Higher Education student team wins the MHRD’s National Innovation Contest (NIC) 2020


Manipal: Manipal Academy of Higher Education is very happy to congratulate Dr Mahima Mishra and her team for their recent achievement in winning the prestigious National Innovation Contest (NIC) 2020 conducted by The Ministry of Education where Dr. Mahima Mishra from Manipal College of Dental Sciences and her team secured the finalist position and won the contest. After this phenomenal achievement, Dr. Mahima is now the Innovation Ambassador and received recognition at the regional and national levels by MHRD’s Innovation Cell.

On 19th May 2021, the MHRD’s Innovation Cell declared 127 teams as winners/finalists of the National Innovation Contest 2020. MHRD’s National Innovation Contest (NIC) 2020 aims to provide a 360-degree cycle of learning and helps the student to understand the process of innovation in a start-up and helps to identify real-time problem along with ideation to building a business model and finally entering the phase of enterprise development in a time of one year. This contest announced in July 2020 and 9000+ participants from 900+ IIC Institutes in India participated in the NIC 2020. Five MAHE teams participated in this contest in the first round. After multiple rounds including regional and national level mentoring, submissions, and evaluations Dr Mahima and her team were selected among one of the 127 winners at the National level.

Dr. H. S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, MAHE, congratulated Dr. Mahima Mishra on winning the MHRD’s National Innovation Contest (NIC) 2020 and says “We feel proud to celebrate this moment of success. Our students keep making us proud of their achievements. We always look forward to supporting our students and their journey to innovation and creation for a better future. I would like to congratulate Dr. Mahima Mishra, her entire team, and all the mentors for guiding our students”.

The team which was led by Dr. Mahima Mishra consists of team members including Sudarshan PK, Alumni, MIT Manipal 2020, Ranjini Aithal, Alumni, MIT Manipal 2020, Madhavi Shenoy, Alumni, MIT Manipal 2020, Melroy Pinto, Alumni, MIT Manipal 2020, and Soumik Roy, B.Tech, 2nd Year MIT Manipal. This team was specially trained under the mentorship of Dr. Arun Shanbhag, Chief Innovation Officer, MAHE, Dr. Dilip G. Naik MDS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor MCODS, Mangalore, and Dr. Shikhar Mishra, MBBS, NBMCH, West Bengal. Dr. Mahima Mishra is currently awarded the NIDHI-EIR fellowship by Manipal Universal Technology Business Incubator and is she is conducting her work with h

“Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor, MAHE, heartily congratulated Dr. Mahima Mishra and her team for winning the MHRD’s National Innovation Contest (NIC) 2020. “The contest is a great achievement for Dr. Mahima and her team for demonstrating extraordinary talent and innovative approach to solve the real-time problem. It gives us immense please to see our students achieving such distinctions and for making us proud. I would also like to congratulate the team of mentors for their outstanding effort and guidance which has helped the team in achieving this recognition.”

The Finalist Teams of the MHRD’s National Innovation Contest (NIC) 2020 will receive further training on Start-up modelling and finance proposal development and the proposal will be evaluated for funding support and facilitating incubation linkage.

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