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KPIT and College of Engineering, Pune, Announce Winners of National Design and Development Contest Sparkle 2015

23-03-2015 1:30PM | Source : KPIT Technologies Limited
Business Wire India
KPIT (BSE: 532400; NSE: KPIT), a global technology company specializing in product engineering and IT consulting, has announced the winners of Sparkle 2015, a national design and development innovation contest, in association with College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP). The contest was aimed at fostering the culture of innovation among engineering and technology students by inviting breakthrough ideas to address ongoing challenges in the areas of transportation and energy.

The contest received 424 varied ideas from over 1100 students from more than 114 colleges across 17 states of India. In the final round, the shortlisted teams presented ‘proof of concepts’ of their solutions for global issues, from unconventional power generation and hybrid solutions to intelligent transport systems and driver safety.

Their ideas were reviewed by a jury comprising eminent figures from the field of science and technology including Dr. RA Mashelkar, Head, Innovation Council, KPIT; Dr. Anil Datar, General Director, DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization); ArunFirodia, Chairman, Kinetic Group; Prof. Mathai Joseph, former Executive Director at the Tata Research Development and Design Centre, Pune; Dr. Ashish Lele, Polymer Science and Engineering Division, NCL (National Chemical Laboratory); Satish Gokhale, founder of Design Directions Pvt. Ltd.;  Alok Mukherjee, Head of Robotics  at R&DE (Engineers), Pune and Dr. Sahasrabudhe, Director of COEP. The finalists were evaluated for novelty, utility, and inventiveness of the ideas at a grand exhibition held at KPIT’s campus in Hinjewadi.

Jainendra Mishra from Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur, Karnataka won the grand prize of Rs. 10 lakhs for his innovation in automotive.  He has developed a solution aimed at increasing efficiency of hybrid and electric vehicles that run on lithium-polymer battery packby using a novel circuitry grid using SANDY (switching algorithm and cell dynamics).

Onkar Kulkarni and his team from College of Engineering, Pune won the gold award of Rs 5 Lakhs. They had worked on creating centrally suspended cage-less differentiator for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).

There were three Silver award winners —  MKSSS's Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune and B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, Karnataka  (two entries) — who won cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh each.

Ravi Pandit, Co-founder, Chairman & Group CEO, KPIT said, “Our heartiest congratulations to the winning teams and to all those who participated in Sparkle 2015. Every idea proves that today’s youth has enormous potential to find feasible solutions for many of our existing energy and mobility challenges that matter. We at KPIT strongly believe in nurturing innovation and sparking creative ideas that benefit society. Sparkle 2015 has enabled students to realize their scientific and technology acumen.”

Dr. RA Mashelkar, Head, Innovation Council, KPIT said, “Sparkle is a brilliant effort to draw engineering talent from students across the country and provide a platform where they can compete and demonstrate their talent. I am impressed with the ideas that the contestants have come up with. The ideas are novel, pertinent and more importantly, solving problems that needed to be solved rather than what can be solved.  There was extra-ordinary and creative thinking behind some of the solutions, while many of the ideas are commercially viable and game changing. I congratulate the winners and wish to tell them that this is a thousand mile journey, where we have taken the first few steps.”

Prof. MS Ananth from IIT Mumbai was the chief guest at the awards ceremony.

About KPIT Technologies Ltd.

KPIT (BSE:532400, NSE: KPIT) is a fast growing Product Engineering and IT consulting partner to Automotive, Manufacturing and Energy & Utilities companies. A leader in technology solutions and services, KPIT currently partners with 200+ global corporations including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 companies, enabling them to become more efficient, integrated and innovative enterprises.  For more information, visit

About College of Engineering, Pune.

College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP), chartered in 1854 is a nationally respected leader in technical education. The institute is distinguished by its commitment to finding solutions to the great predicaments of the day through advanced technology. The institute has a rich history and dedication to the pursuit of excellence.

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