It’s that time of the year again! The Finals of the Raman Young Science Innovator award are here! And after a gap of 4 years, they will be held on the grounds of Panchavati, Sir CV Raman’s old home in Bangalore, once again. This year, the Finals will be spread across 2 days, due to the feedback we have been receiving from the Judges over the last few years.

All participants need to be in Bangalore for the Finals and be available from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, 3 February 2024 and 10am to 6pm on Sunday, 4 February 2024. 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, at the Exhibition on Sunday, 4 February. 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 on 3 February from 1:00 PM to 5:00 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 return at 5.00pm to pick up their ward.
  2. Judges’ interaction will take place, serially, in closed rooms from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on 4 February and will not be accessible to parents. Judges will spend about 10-12 minutes with each contestant individually.
  3. Exhibits (from the Prelims) will be arranged on tables from 10:00 AM on 4 February – please DO NOT bring your Preliminary innovation on 3 February. 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 10:00 AM, 4 February, 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 and parents. Up to 2 guests per participant are welcome to partake of the hospitality. There will be a donation box where guests may contribute to the hospitality by depositing a cash amount of their choice.

Stay options*

Some hotel options, located near Panchavati can be found below.
*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 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

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 on Saturday, 3 February afternoon. The following day, on 4 February, 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. Each child should bring a drinking water bottle with them; there will be filling stations and ample drinking water available for refills in Panchavati.

Panel of Scientists to Judge the Finalists

  • 1. Jayant Murthy – Senior 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. Dwarakanath K.S – Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore; PhD from IISc, Main area of work Extragalactic astronomy using techniques of Radio-astronomy.

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. 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!

  • 5. Proteep Mallik – School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. 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.

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. Sekhar Soorianarayanan, The Valley School (TVS), KFI, Bangalore. Hands-on science teacher for kids of all ages. Previously at GE, Bangalore. Graduate Studies at Texas Tech. Vast experience and passionate interest in creating hands-on learning tools and modules for middle and high school students of science.

  • 8. Kripa Gowrishankar, Faculty at SAS, APU. After doing her Master’s at IIT, Madras, Kripa did her PhD in Physics at the Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. During her post-doc at University of California, Davis, Kripa explored her passion of “physics in biology”; and has brought that zeal to her hands-on teaching in APU, where her research interests also include Statistical Mechanics and Physics Education.

  • 9. Srikanta Dani, Faculty at SAS, APU. PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. A plant biologist with a background in earth sciences and genetic engineering. Before joining APU, worked at the National Research Council of Italy (in Florence) for several years which included a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. Works mainly on volatile organic biochemistry, photosynthesis physiology, plant reproduction and senescence.

  • 10. Prakash Gudnavar, co-founder of and teacher at BeMe; B.E (Electronics and Communication), KLE College of Engg & Tech, Belgaum; M.Tech (Computer Science and Engineering), NITK Surathkal. Worked as embedded software engineer for 15 years. Co-founded BeMe, a democratic school, 9 years ago. Passion for maths, science and adventure, especially cycling & swimming. Practising and promoting scientific temper in daily lives is one of his interests.

  • 11. Santosh Kumar, teacher at TVS. Engineer by training; been involved in afforestation, organic agriculture, seed conservation and indigenous livestock conservation for decades. Vast experience gained on the field at Navadarshanam, The Valley School, KEEP, Kaigal (KFI) and Rishi Valley School (KFI). Teaches computers, technical drawing and EVS at Valley School

  • 12. Devi Senthil, Former teacher at TVS; Masters in Computer Science and Engineering. Been in the field of teaching Junior and Middle school children for around 10 years. Specialises in fostering critical thinking in children. She is also passionate about merging art with Mathematics and Science, creating engaging environments that inspire young minds to explore and innovate.

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