Malayala Manorama Yuva Mastermind Contest


Entries have been invited for the Malayala Manorama Yuva Mastermind Contest for inventions by college and school students. The contest is for science and technology projects that can be exhibited as working models. Study projects that cannot be exhibited will not be considered.

The prize money for the college level is as follows:

  • Rs 1 lakh (1st prize)
  •  Rs 60,000 (2nd prize)
  •  Rs 40,000 (3rd prize). 

The prize mone for the school level is Rs 50,000 (1st prize), Rs 30,000 (2nd prize), Rs 20,000 (3rd prize). Considering the feasibility, novelty and social relevance a financial assistance will be provided to 25 teams each selected from college and school levels for the completion of the project. The maximum financial assistance based on project estimate for college teams would be Rs 10,000 while that for school teams would be Rs 7500.

Students of professional colleges in the state including medical and engineering, technical institutes like ITI and polytechnic and art and science colleges can participate under the college category.
Students of 9th standard to Plus Two can compete under the school category.

A team shall have a maxiumum of five students and a project guide who should be a teacher/lecturer in the same institution.
Any number of teams from an institution can compete, but a team will be allowed to present only one project.
The project should be completed within a period of three months.

Based on the the short project description provided by teams and the interaction with them by an expert committee 25 teams would be selected from each category. The expert committee would select the winners after an exibition to be held in January 2014.

The contest is being organised with technical support from Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) of Amaljyothi Engineering College, Kanjirappally. Amaljyothi is the only college in the state which has been granted an IEDC by the central science and technology department.

Inventions for saving energy will be eligible for special awards instituted in the name of Prof Satheesh John by Amaljyothi Engineering College.
Prize winning projects with safety as theme will be eligible for a special prize of Rs 60,000 (college level) and Rs 40,000 (school level).

What you should do?
Intimate Yuva about the project that you are planning to present and register for the contest

01. The project you propose to present:
02. Name, address and telepone number of the educational institution:
03. A description of the project not exceeding one page:
04. Financial estimate of the project:

Apply with the above details before August 14, 2012

Help Line: 0482 8239908 (The facility will be active on working days from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm till August 14, 2012)

Mastermind, Yuva, Malayala Manorama, P.B. No-26, Kottayam.
E - mail:
For details and registration visit



Eligibility: Children Studying from 1st to 12th standard (Date of birth on or after 01.08.1996)
There will be four groups:
Lower Primary
Upper Primary
High School
Higher Secondary

Medium: Wax Crayons for Lower Primary and Water Colour for all other categories

Date and Time: Saturday, 26 July 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Venue: BEM High School, Mission School Junction, T.B Road, Palakkad

Subject of the painting will be announced 30 minutes prior to the competition
Please carry authorisation letter from respective schools certifying details of the students like name, class, date of birth

Certificates and Trophies to the winners
Refreshments will be provided.

Schools may sent students for th ecompetition. List of participants may be send on or before 24 July 2014.
Contact Numbers: 04912527228, 9605383329

North South Foundation 2014-15 Scholarships


North South Foundation provides scholarships to needy children who display academic excellence in India. NSF has distributed more than 4,500 scholarships to students who need financial support to pursue their quest for knowledge in engineering, medicine, polytechnic, science and other fields.

North South Foundation (NSF) provides scholarships to undergraduate students entering into engineering, medicine or 3-year polytechnic (diploma in engineering.) based on merit and financial need. NSF uses uniform eligibility criteria to identify poor but meritorious students across chapters.

Eligibility criteria for college scholarships are listed below

• You are amongst the top 10% in 10th and 12th and CET/JET ranks in your state
• Your annual family income is less than Rs. 65,000
• You have secured admission to professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, and Polytechnic in a GOVERNMENT  COLLEGE (including seats in Government Aided colleges) and do not receive other aid or scholarships

College Merit Scholarships
NSF offers scholarships for students who have gained admission to professional courses like Engineering, Medical, Dental, Nursing, Polytechnic, B.Sc (Agr), B.Pharm, B.V.Sc, etc. in government(or govt. aided) colleges. NSF supports students through their entire course of study as long as he or she maintains a good grade point average. To find out more details please click here for more details.

How to Apply

You can apply on-line by clicking on the link below and filling in your details apply on-line

You can also apply by downloading an application form, filling and sending it to the
relevant chapter address given in each of the chapter pages. For a list of chapters and address, click here

Download application form

If you do not find your state listed as a chapter you can mail the form to the following address
ROOM NO.219-220, 2ND FLOOR
HYDERABAD - 500 082

KVPY 2014 - Kishore VaigyanikProtsahanYojana" (KVPY) 2014


About KVPY
The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going National Program of Fellowships in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract exceptionally and highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and career in research.
The objectives of the program are to identify the students with talent and aptitude for research; help them realize their potential in their studies; encourage them to take up research careers in Science, and ensure the growth of the best scientific minds for research and development in the country.
The advertisement for the KVPY Fellowship appears in all the national dailies normally on Technology Day the May 11 and Second Sunday of July every year.
The selection of students is from those studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Natural and Basic Sciences having aptitude for scientific research. There are special groups or committees set up at IISc, which screen the applications, conduct aptitude test at various centres. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are invited for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview are required.
Generous scholarships are provided up to the pre-Ph.D. level to the selected students.


Monthly Fellowship

Annual Contingency Grant


SA/SX /SB  - during 1st to 3rd years of B.Sc./B.S. /Integrated M.Sc. /M.S.Rs. 5000Rs. 20000

SA/SX /SB  - during  M. Sc. / 4th to 5th  years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S.Rs. 7000Rs. 28000


The KVPY Fellowships are given only to Indian Nationals to Study in India(OCI and PIO’s are not eligible).
Students enrolled in an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences, that is, B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Neurosciences, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology, Geology, Human Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Physics or Geophysics.
Stream SA: Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year 2014-15  and having secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects in the X Standard Board examination. The students under this stream will be mentored for one year. Their fellowship will be activated when they enrol in an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S.) after XII Standard(+2) securing a minimum of 60% (50%for SC/ST/PWD) mark or equivalent grade.  During the mentoring period of one year, they will be invited for Regional Science Camp/National Science Camp and expenses for attending those camps will be met by KVPY.
Stream SX: Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) during the academic year 2014-15 and aspiring to join an undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to  B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. for the session 2014–15 provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.
Students in their 2nd year of study in Cambridge International Examination Board and aspiring to join an UG program (viz. B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S.)in Basic Sciences namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology in the Academic year 2014-2015 are eligible to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.
Stream SB: Students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to   B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. during the academic year  2014-15 and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Mathematics)  in the XII Standard Board Examination. In the 1st year final examination of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat./Int. M.Sc./M.S. they must secure 60%(50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks before taking up the fellowship, if awarded. 
Empowerment initiative in the KVPY Fellowship Program:

  1. A certain number of additional fellowships exclusively for the students belonging to SC/ST community under the various streams as stated above will be operated.  A special orientation program for the selected SC/ST students will be organized.
  2. A certain number of fellowships under various streams as stated above will be operated exclusively for students under the category of Persons With Disability (Physically and Visually Challenged).
  1. Aptitude Test: After scrutiny of application forms and meeting the eligibility criteria for various streams, all eligible students will be called for a written aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different centers across the country on Sunday,  2nd November 2014. The details of the venue of the aptitude test for the eligible students and their seat number will be published in the KVPY website during the first week of October 2014.
    Admit Card
    • Students who have applied online may download the admit card for the aptitude test from the website from the second week of October 2014.
    • For students who have applied with a hard copy, admit card will be sent by speed post.
  2. Interview: Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.
An online version of the KVPY aptitude test 2014 will be held in the following cities:

Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune

  • You may opt to write the offline version of the aptitude test at various cities across the country. The complete list of cities will be available when you fill the application form.
  • The application for the KVPY aptitude test 2014 will open on 20th July 2014.

    The application for the KVPY aptitude test 2014 will open on 20th July 2014

     Previous year question papers and Answer Keys can be downloaded freely from the KVPY site.


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    Online Quiz for School Students


    TechTop Charitable Trust is organising an Online Quiz for school students in connection with Techtop 2014.
    TechTop 2014 is the 9th Annual National Innovation Challenge for engineering students, meant to identify, promote and celebrate outstanding engineering talents with Innovative ideas that can be demonstrated and commercialized.
    Venue: Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology (MBCET)
    Vidya Nagar, Nalanchira, Trivandrum

    Date: 20 July 2014
    Time will be intimated to the registered students through E-mail/SMS

    Eligibility: Students of Class X, XI and XII
    Registration required.
    For further information visit

    Courtesy: Manorama Daily dated 9 July 2014

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