We have selected over one hundred worthy finalists across the 3 categories for the Live Finals in Bangalore on 4th March 2018, at Sir C.V. Raman’s home, Panchavati, in Malleswaram. The names and login IDs are listed below. Congratulations to all of you! We had many excellent entries, and many didn’t make it to the Finals List, but it was our pleasure and challenge to sift out what we thought really stood out. All participants should be proud of their work.

Those appearing for the Finals may confirm their participation by writing to us on [email protected] no later than 8pm IST on Sunday, February 25 2018. All participants need to be in Bangalore for the Finals and be available from 9am to 9pm on Sunday, 4th March. All outstation participants are also requested to make their own travel and stay arrangements accordingly.

We shall list a few of the nearby stay options in this space, so please look out for those. Meanwhile, feel free to bring and inform as many friends, family and relatives to the Finals; it is an open public event. We look forward to seeing you on the 4th of March. The exact location map of the finals can be found below.

Stay options

1.Treebo,   Rs.1500-3000
2. Makemytrip, Rs. 600 upwards
3. Oyo Rooms,  Rs. 1000 upwards
4. Cleartrip,   Rs. 800 upwards
5. Yatra,   Rs. 500 upwards


Activity Time
Registrations 9:30 AM
Finals Instructions 10:00 AM
Announcement of Topics and their Introduction/Explanation 10:30 AM to 11 AM
Making Session 11 AM to 1 PM
Lunch Break* 1 PM to 2 PM
Interaction with Judges & Guests 2 PM to 4 PM
Snacks & Tea 4 PM to 4:30 PM
Award Announcement & Presentations 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

*Please note that lunch will not be provided, and that contestants and their guests will have ample time to visit one of the many nearby eating options in Malleswaram, to suit any budget and palate! For those coming from outstation, this is a great opportunity to sample some of the traditional local cuisine.

We would really appreciate if all Finalists could bring their Submitted Models/Toys/Experiments/Projects with them to display during the Finals. However, if it is too unwieldy or inconvenient to travel with your model/experiment, you may choose not to. The Finals will be a separate event, where your previous entry holds no bearing. Instead, you will be given a new topic, some basic introductions about the topic and a selection of materials to choose from to create your own impromptu innovation on the day. 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. 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. Parents and guests will have the opportunity to view all the other exhibits as well as interact with each other and the RYSI team while their children/wards are busy creating their innovations.

As you can see from the map, Panchavati is located in the heart of North Bangalore, within 4km of the two main railway stations in Bangalore (KSR City Railway Station and Yeshwantpur Station), as well as the main bus stations, and 32km from Bangalore’s International Airport.

Please bring a bonafide certificate from the school, or a school or govt issued ID confirming your age and/or standard you are studying in, to the Finals. There is no “Dress Code” for the event; children can wear whatever they like.

Panel of Scientists to Judge the Finalists

  • Dr. Rajaram Nityananda – One among the foremost physicists in the country with great breadth and depth. Currently, School of Liberal Studies (SLS), Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore; Earlier: Director, TIFR Centre, Hyderabad; Director, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune and; Faculty IISER, Pune; Early career at RRI, Bangalore

  • Dr. 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.

  • Dr. Dwarakanath – Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore; PhD from IISc, Main area of work Extragalactic astronomy using techniques of Radioastronomy

  • Ms. Swati Sircar – APU; runs MathSpace. Previously at Shikshamitra, Kolkata. Graduate Studies at Univ of Washington, USA

  • Mr. Sekhar Soorianarayanan – The Valley School, Bangalore. Hands-on science teacher for kids of all ages. Previously at GE, Bangalore. Graduate Studies at Texas Tech

  • Dr. Richard Fernandes – SLS, APU; PhD IISc; Worked at the Liquid Crystals Laboratory of RRI; a founding father of the Centre for Learning, Bangalore

  • Dr. Mousumi Das – Faculty at IIA; previously at RRI & Univ of Maryland, USA; PhD IISc. Focus of interest in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy.

  • Dr. Ashok Pati – Retired Faculty, IIA; Main area of interest – Extragalactic Astronomy and Stellar Populations; an expert in computer technology and instrumentation. PhD and career at IIA for ~40 years. Graduated from BITS, Pilani

  • Dr. Sabyasachi Chatterjee – Retired Faculty, IIA. PhD IISc. Great breadth and depth in various branches of physics, excellent in hands-on experiments; fluent in maths; Co-author of the biography of KS Krishnan, deeply involved in People’s Science Network

  • Dr. D.C.V. Mallik – Retired Faculty, IIA; Main area of work Interstellar Matter and Planetary Nebulae, PhD Univ. of Wisconsin, USA; Senior author of the biography of KS Krishnan; edited books on astronomy, currently working in the field of History of Science

  • Dr. Abha Rao – National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore; previously at St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore. PhD from the Univ. of Arizona, USA. Vast experience in the field of Public Health

  • Dr. Sushma V. Mallik – Retired Faculty, IIA. Specialised in stellar spectroscopy. PhD and career at IIA, the last doctoral student of M K Vainu Bappu, the father of optical astronomy in India. Early user of high-resolution techniques using facilities at the Kavalur Observatory.

  • Mr. Proteep Mallik– SLS, 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.

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