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Nov 28, 2012
Search for India's most intelligent young minds concludes at the finale of BrainCafe Budding Scientist Contest 2012

The 'BrainCafe Budding Scientist Contest 2012' - a national level hunt for scientific talent for students, ended after several rounds of clashes of innovative ideas. The contest ended with the announcing of 12 winners across Category A, B, C and D, amongst whom four students, who bagged the first position in each of the categories, won an all-expenses paid trip to Japan. A total of 49 students ranging from standard 1st to 8th showcased their innovative projects at the grand finale held in Mumbai on Sunday. Dignitaries present at the event were Mr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre and Mr. Fukuzumi, CEO, Gakken Educational from Japan.

Students who bagged the 1st position include:


Student Name

School Name

Project Title

City& State



Ved Jain

Mount Litera Zee School

Soil Erosion :Causes and prevention

Kolhapur in Maharashtra



Achala Singh

Yugantar Public School

Phases of moon

Madhya Pradesh



Mallika Manu

International School

Flying Object : Airplanes

Vasai in Maharashtra



Yash Vikas Mandlecha

City Pride School

Green Generator

Pune , Maharashtra


The second year of BrainCafé Budding Scientist Contest 2012 was an innovation anthology, with projects ranging from disaster management techniques, lifting water without electricity, creating light house, and energy and water conservation.

The final contest was judged by an esteemed panel of professionals which included Mr. Arvind Paranjpye, Director of Nehru Planetarium, Mr. Achyut Godbole, MD, Softexcel Consultancy Services and Mr. Mahendra D. Khandkar, Associate Professor in Physics, Pillai Institute of Information Technology (PIIT).

The evaluation parameters included: Uniqueness of the idea (how different / innovative is the project from others), application of the concept used or scientific principle behind the model, types of material used (encouraging simplicity of material).

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group exhorted parents to actively encourage curiosity in children and support the development scientific temper - a necessary ingredient for success in any field. "These children will lead the future of our country. The kind of learning that is taking place in our schools will pave the way for a better future. We are certain that in future, we will witness the emergence of several innovative scientists in our country. It is a process we have started with BrainCafe. We believe that BrainCafe should be applicable in every school."
Applauding the efforts and innovations presented by the students, Mr. Navneet Anhal, Chief Operating Officer, Zee Learn said commented, "It is amazing to see such talent growing in India. The innovations displayed by these young minds portray a bright and shinning future for India. It gives me great pleasure to witness and be part of an event such as this. We must encourage and support the budding scientists of India and BrainCafé Budding Scientist Contest is one such step towards it."
BrainCafé Budding Scientist Contest is a hunt that discovers the future scientist from across the country. In its second year of the hunt students showcased their scientific quotient through their innovative projects. 

Sharing his thoughts on the objective of conducting BrainCafé Budding Scientist Contest, Mr. Aman Pal Singh, Business Head, BrainCafé said, "The second year of BrainCafé Budding Scientist Contest has received a tremendous response from all schools and students with this year over 9000 students participating in the contest. We are happy to be a medium to encourage and appreciate the scientific bent of minds of students in India. We believe in our philosophy of 'Learning by Doing' is the best method, and through this contest. We at BrainCafé aim to unlock a child's learning potential through the route of science that enables to develop Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). Students are encouraged to create working models based on their science learning. It motivates us to extend this platform to different cities."

Being one of India's largest annual science competitions, the BrainCafé Budding Scientist Contest provides students a unique platform to showcase their ability to apply scientific principles for creating working models. Over 9000 students from across India are participating in the contest this year.

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