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Srinagar, July 18: Ambreen Hamdani, a student of SKUAST-Kashmir, has won a Rs 1 million (Rs ten lakhs) award at the India Innovation Growth Program being held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai for her novel idea of using artificial intelligence in farm management systems.

Ms Ambreen receiving the award cheque at the event (Photo: Ziraat Times)

The total number of participants at the event was 2500.

Ms Hamdani presented her idea of  Artificial Intelligence-driven Farm Management System, an official at IIT Mumbai told Ziraat Times. Her innovation idea is part of the Agriculture Theme that seeks to reduce post-harvest losses through technologies that improve shelf life of produce at farm gate.

“It is a proud moment for me”, Dr Nazir Ahmed Ganai, Director Planning & Monitoring, who has been a guide to Ms Ambreen at SKUAST-K, told Ziraat Times.

List of the winners of the innovation challenge.

The India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2.0 is a unique tripartite initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Lockheed Martin and Tata Trusts and is known as a highly competitive program for university students to present forth their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas. 

The University Challenge caters to the ideation and incubation of concepts (both industrial and social) sourced from universities across India. Out of the applications received, up to 30 top teams are down-selected as Phase A finalists (15 – Social, 15 – Industrial) through a highly competitive evaluation process.