Idea Cellular, India’s 3rd largest telecom operator announced one of the biggest student awards in Karnataka, ‘Idea Student Awards’, for college students across the state today. Spanning 32 days and 3,000 colleges across Karnataka, Idea has initiated this state wide hunt for young student achievers in 8 different categories including Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sports and Adventures, Performing Arts, Creative Arts, Social Service, Unique Talent and International Student.
The Jury includes acclaimed public figures, Sandeep Dhar- CEO, TESCO, Dr. Raji –Psychologist, Namrata G. – Fashion Designer, Srinath – Senior Kannada Actor, Dr. Madhukar Angur, Chancellor Alliance university S.R. Ramakrishna – Editor – in Chief -Talk ,Kumar Anish – Give G Foundation amongst others.
Flagging off the contest, Mr. Siva Ganapathi, Chief Operating Officer, Karnataka, Idea Cellular, said, “The youth of Karnataka is talented, ambitious and has the urge to do something big and different. However sometimes their achievements and talents do not get due recognition owing to the lack of opportunities at the local level. To address this gap, Idea has launched, ‘Idea Student Awards’, wherein we will go to 3,000 Colleges in Karnataka to identify and promote talent. We are hopeful of a lot of participation in this activity. Our panel of judges will choose 10 achievers who will win their dream awards. We want to encourage students to showcase their talents”.
Few Colleges have their own recognition programs for extracurricular activities but again that is restricted only to the college level or few inter college fests. There is no big platform available in Karnataka where these extra-ordinary personalities get recognition at the state level. ‘Idea Student Awards-2012’ will provide encouragement, sense of contribution, glamour and success quotient amongst the student fraternity.
Candidates can apply in various categories. The Innovation and Invention is for students who show ground breaking work in the form of a new product, service, technology, design, concept or process in any discipline.
In the Entrepreneurship category, the student’s risk taking initiative will be judged. Sports and Adventure category will recognize students with outstanding achievement in indoor and outdoor sports or adventure games. In the Community and Service category, students who have made a significant difference in their community will be eligible. The talent and skills of students in the Performing Arts and Creative Arts will be recognized. Students who show a unique talent in any field not covered in any of the categories are also eligible to be considered for this award.
Students in the age group of 16 to 26 years from Karnataka can apply directly or be recommended by others. Students can submit their entries in the prescribed application form available on the website www.ideastudentsaward.com with the requisite enclosures via post or courier and can apply for one or more categories.
Starting September 17 nominations are now open for the Idea Students Award 2012. Registration counters will be set up inside College campuses. Students, faculty and parents who want to nominate the students can log on to www.ideastudentsaward.com and fill in the details. The last date for receiving applications is October 5, 2012, after which the entries will be judged by the Jury team. The Shortlisted candidates will have to go through personal interview in which the candidates will make a presentation to highlight and prove their achievements in front of the jury. Results will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in Bangalore on October 19, 2012.
Launched in Bangalore, the promotion and registration process will be initiated in colleges across Chikballapur, Kolar, Ramnagara, Mandya, Mysore, Tumkur, Hassan, Chickmagalur, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Haveri, Dharwad, Belgaum, Gadag, Koppal, Bellary, Raichur, Yadgir, Gulbarga, Bidar, Bagalkot, Karwar (North Karnataka) and Udupi, Shimoga in South Karnataka.