In honour of the Platinum Jubilee of the Raman Research Institute, which was set up by Sir CV Raman in 1948, the Finals this year will be conducted at the Raman Research Institute (RRI), near Mekhri Circle in North Bangalore. It will be a live event for the first time in three years, thanks to the waning of the Pandemic.

All participants need to be in Bangalore for the Finals and be available from 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday, 18th December. All outstation participants are also requested to make their own travel and stay arrangements accordingly.

We would strongly recommend that you bring your innovation submitted during the preliminary stage to display during the finals. Our finalists, judges, and guests would love to see working models built by your child. However, if it is too unwieldy or inconvenient to travel with your model/experiment, please email us and we will figure out if we can help you in any way.

Schedule for the Day

  1. Only contestants are allowed on campus from 10:00 AM to 12: 30 PM. Parents/Guardians could use this time to see Malleswaram Market, or take a metro to Lalbagh and see the world-famous Botanical Gardens, or other places of interest nearby. They may choose to return at 12.30pm to have lunch with their wards on the premises.
  2. Judges’ interaction will take place, serially, in closed rooms from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and will not be accessible to parents. Judges will spend about 4-5 minutes with each contestant individually.
  3. Exhibits (from the Prelims) will be arranged on tables from 12:30 PM. As and when the contestant completes her/his interaction with the judges, the exhibit made in the finals will also be displayed on the table.
  4. The finals will be open for general interaction from 2:00 PM onwards. Feel free to invite your family and friends to the event.
Activity Date Time
Registrations 3 February 01:00 PM
Contest 3 February 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Interaction with Judges & Guests + Exhibition 4 February 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM &
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Lunch 4 February 12.30 PM to 1:30 PM
Snacks & Tea 4 February 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Award Announcement & Presentations 4 February 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

*Please note that a simple lunch and snacks/tea will be provided for the contestants by RRI. Up to 2 guests per participant are welcome to partake of the hospitality. There will be no charge.

Stay options*

Some hotel options, located near the Raman Research Insititute (RRI), are listed below:

Sr. no. Name Location Contact No.
1 Jagadish Hotels – Sankey Road 8045454545
2 Tulip Hotel Bengaluru 8046668888
3 The President Hotel, Kumarapark 9900262033
4 Comfort INN Insys 8046468000
5 Atlaantic Inn 8041540603
6 Coraltree By Goldfinch Hotels 8043346600
8 The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore 8068177777
9 Kstdc Kumarakrupa Hotel 8043344334
10 The Urban Nest 7338353786
11 Caramel Hotels 9148888819
12 Sanctum Suites BEL Road Bangalore 9902831111
13 De Mandarin Bangalore 8049597767
14 Vividus Hotels , Bangalore 9606064644
15 37th Crescent Hotel Bengaluru 9972573739

*Please note that neither the Raman Awards team, ISPF or ThinkTac vouches for or will be held responsible for the quality of the hotels listed above.

What to Expect in the Final

The Finals will be a separate event, where your previous entry holds no bearing. The finalists in three age groups will be given a problem statement, related to an activity or topic, for which they will need to develop a hands-on innovation on-the-spot to solve the problem. The innovation will be judged by a panel of eminent scientists and teachers. You will have two hours to create your innovation. Following lunch, you will have sufficient time to interact with an eminent panel of scientists – who will be the judges for the day – to discuss your work. The day will culminate in a short presentation function.

You will not be required to or allowed to bring any materials from home or elsewhere to use during the Finals. The use of phones and books by children will also be prohibited. Group work will not be allowed, nor will any help from parents/guests or any other adult be accepted. The RYSI team may use their discretion in providing help for certain tasks (e.g. working with a candle), especially to the younger children.

Panel of Scientists to Judge the Finalists

  • 1. Jayant Murthy, Retired Faculty, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore; PhD, Johns Hopkins University, USA; worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA), Maryland, USA, specialist in Space Astronomy with broad interests.

  • 2. Ravinder K. Baniyal, Associate Prof, IIA. PhD at IIA. Followed by postdoc positions at Boston and Goettingen. Ravinder is an experimental physicist working in the area of wave front sensing, where his research and expertise has been internationally recognised. At IIA, Ravinder is very active in doing astronomy outreach activities for students and the general public all over the country..

  • 3. Mousumi Das, Faculty at IIA; previously at RRI & Univ. of Maryland, USA; PhD, IISc. Focus of interest in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy. Gives numerous outreach and public lecture talks around the world, to professional and budding astronomers!

  • 4. Swati Sircar, Azim Premji University (APU); runs MathSpace. Previously at Shikshamitra, Kolkata. Graduate Studies at Univ of Washington, USA. Expert and wizard in creating hands-on maths and science activities for children and teachers. Heavily involved in enhancing the curriculum in various State and National syllabi.

  • 5. S.P. Rajaguru, – Faculty, IIA. PhD, IISc (Joint Astronomy Programme). Post-doc at Institut Astrophysique de Paris, France and Stanford University, USA. Main research interests include the solar interior and helioseismology. He plays a major role in science outreach at IIA and elsewhere, bringing astronomy to the masses.

  • 6. DCV Mallik, Retired Faculty, IIA; Main area of work Interstellar Matter and Planetary Nebulae. PhD, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Senior author of the biography of Sir KS Krishnan; edited books on astronomy, currently working in the

  • field of History of Science.

  • 7. Ramkumar Mahadevan, former IAF pilot, Flying Instructor, Test Pilot & Gallantry Award winner. He has taught Aerodynamics, Instruments and Airpower-related subjects. He has a deep interest in the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, taught in the Krishnamurti schools for 20 years, teaching Science, Maths, Geography…

  • 8. Proteep Mallik, APU. Extensive experience in the field of optical engineering with firms such as Pacific Biosciences and KLA-Tencor in the USA. Graduate studies at Optical Sciences Center, Univ. of Arizona, USA.

  • 9. Dwarakanath K.S., Emeritus Faculty, Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore; PhD from IISc, Main area of work Extragalactic astronomy using techniques of Radio-astronomy.

  • 10. Prajval Shastri, Retired Faculty, IIA; MSc from IIT-Bombay, followed by PhD at TIFR’s NCRA, and postdoctoral stints at Cal-Berkeley and UT Austin. Expert in the field of extragalactic radio astronomy, in particular radio jets and active galactic nuclei. Extremely active in astronomy outreach and member of All India People’s Science Network and the Women in Science initiative.

  • 11. Pankaj Lal, Soaked in making everyone’s journey from raw data to insights as easy as possible at Mammoth Analytics. He has B.Tech in Chemical engineering from IIT Kanpur and MS in computer science from UIUC. In his free time, he likes to build woodworking jigs and explore Indian and World History, listen to Music and Travel when he can.

  • 12. Renuka Nallamar, an educationist for the past twenty-seven years, has been a trailblazer, an enthusiastic teacher and a dynamic leader. After having played a key role in the establishment of CBSE Schools in Navi Mumbai, she joined Chrysalis group of schools in 2016 as the founding Principal of Horamavu branch. Currently, Ms Nallamar is the Academic Director at Chrysalis High, handling Curriculum

  • development, Planning and Auditing of Primary and Secondary classes. The school has been able to reach its zenith with the assistance of Ms. Nallamar and her contagious optimism, persistence and multitasking abilities.

  • 13. Ion Santra, A theoretical physicist working in statistical physics. A graduate of South Point High School and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Currently, on the verge of finishing his PhD from the Raman Research Institute.

  • 14. Kinjal Roy, third year PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the Raman Research Institute. Research topic is the reprocessing emission from X-Ray binary sources.

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