8 Colleges Bag Top Prize at AICTE’s 2nd Lilavati Awards Aimed At Celebrating Women Empowerment


Overall, 27 teams comprising faculty and non-faculty members and students were awarded for their contributions towards creating a more equitable society 

·Hon. Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani congratulated the winners in a virtual address

New Delhi, March 8: Eight colleges teams across the country won the top prize at the 2nd Lilavati Awards by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) here on Tuesday.  The event was graced by the Hon. Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, who addressed the winners online.

This year’s winners were JNTUH College of Engineering (Hyderabad), Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (Bhubaneshwar), Thiagarajar Polytechnic College (Salem), KCG College of Technology (Chennai), K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology (Tiruchengode), Kongunadu College of Engineering & Technology (Tiruchirappalli), Sri Krishna College of Engineering & Technology (Coimbatore), and Sona College of Technology (Salem).

The eight fields of work in which the awards were given away were Women and Adolescent Health, Self Defence, Environment, Sanitation & Hygiene, Literacy and Life Skills, Women Entrepreneurship, Legal Awareness, Technology for Women, and Women Innovators (Rural/Urban).

Present at the occasion were Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, AICTE Chairman, Prof. M.P. Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE, Dr. Vinita Sahay, Director, Indian Institute of Management (Bodh Gaya), Mamta R. Agarwal, Advisor- I, AICTE, and Prof. Rajive Kumar, Member Secretary, AICTE.

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Named after the great mathematician Lilavati, this year’s edition saw a total of 27 teams comprising faculty and non-faculty members and students from different colleges getting felicitated with the award that is aimed at celebrating women’s empowerment. Overall, 500 teams participated for the awards.

Addressing the winners through a recorded vide message, Hon. Union Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said: “I am particularly delighted to see that AICTE seeks to award women not only in the field of maths and science but also to those who have legally empowered women, those who have contributed to social causes apart from academics. I am desirous of the fact that I would meet these exemplary women soon but celebrate today the potential of the AICTE to strengthen academic prospects for women. You are Atal in your endeavour as over 19,000

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faculty members find support in AICTE in emerging sectors like AI and Machine Learning. I am hopeful that the scientific prowess of Indian women can find a voice through AICTE across the globe. I am also grateful that the AICTE has particularly supported women under the Pragati Scheme those female academicians, those students who have the potential not only to redefine their own destiny but that of a new India, an Atmanribhar Bharat. I am also happy to share with you many government initiatives that have helped define the cause of female led development in our country. I am happy to share with you that under the Mudra Initiatives 70% of the loans have been given to female enterprises and the Prime Minister has particularly ensure that under start-up and stand-up India financial interventions are done to support women who are entrepreneurial in nature and want to grow their businesses. And through this platform of the AICTE my appeal is this, we have many female innovators with scientific minds who come about with new prospects that can turn into enterprise These women not only need enterprise and capital support but also corporate support to transition their venture into a commercial enterprise. I am hopeful that under the leadership of Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe this appeal of mine will find a voice in AICTE. 

Congratulating the winners, Prof. Sahasrabudhe, said: “Each of the eight categories are very important for us. For example, adolescent health care. When students get into colleges they face many issues. In fact, many colleges didn’t have proper women bathrooms and many girl students drop out due to these problems. And therefore adolescent health of women is important. There are many other instances when girl students face problems like self-defence, environment, sanitation, and others. My appeal to all the 27 winning teams is that they should become brand ambassadors and propagate the learnings acquired during the process of getting this award.     

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Prof. M.P. Poonia, AICTE Vice-Chairman, said that the success of the 27 teams reflects the fact that Indian women are role models for the country.

“I will take this opportunity to thank all the winners for Lilavati Awards. I will also thank the jury for this great task, judging the best works. Today we have the 27 winning teams and it is a testament to the fact that Indian women are in role models in the country,” said Prof. Poonia.

The awards would be given away in the following areas of work:

  • Women and Adolescent Health- Issues related to nutrition, pre & post-natal complications, maternal mortality, breast/ovarian & cervical cancer, pregnancy issues, depression and anxiety, child care, etc.
  • Self Defence- Training/awareness programs for safety measures, Girl child safety, domestic violence, workplace harassment, confidence-building programs, etc.
  • Environment, Sanitation & Hygiene- Menstrual hygiene, home & environment hygiene, etc.
  • Literacy and Life Skills- Basic education, digital literacy, awareness against taboos, etc.
  • Women Entrepreneurship- Financial safety, business opportunities, govt. schemes, credit, etc.
  • Legal Awareness- Women rights & duties, gender equality in society & workplace.
  • Technology for Women- Technology integration, device, data availability & access, prevention of cybercrimes etc.
  • Women Innovators (Rural/Urban)- Any Innovation felicitating access, equity, equality, and affordability for women.
S.No  Sub-ThemeAWARDEE’s
Winner1st Runner up2nd Runner up
      1    Environment, Sanitation & Hygiene    JNTUH College of Engineering, Hyderabad  KPR Institute of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu1) Kristu Jayanti College, Bengluru Karnataka
2) Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Vaddeswaram, Andhra Pradesh
    2    Legal Awareness  Kalinga Institute of industrial Technology, Bhubaneshwar, OdishaKasegaon Education Societys Rajarambapu Institute Of Technology, Islampur, Maharashtra    R.M.D. Engg. College, Kavaraipettai, Tamil Nadu
  3  Literacy and Life SkillsThiagarajar Polytechnic College, Salem, Tamil NaduPaavi Engineering College, Namakkal, Tamil NaduSethu Institute of Technology, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
  4  Self DefenceKCG College of Technology, Chennai, Tamil NaduSri Sai Ram Institute of Technology, Chennai, Tamil NaduShri Shankaracharya Group Of Institutions, Bhilai, Chattisgarh
    5    Women and Adolescent Health  K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu    ST.Josheph’s College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu1) Anand Institute of Higher Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2) Salem College of Engg & Technology, Salem, Tamil Nadu
    6  Women Entrepreneurs hipKongunadu College of Engg & Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu  Sri Sai Ram Engg. College, Chennai, Tamil NaduHyderabad Institute of Technology and Management, Medchal, Telangana
    7    Techonology for Women  Sri Krishna College of Engg & Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu  Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engg. College, Ponmar, Tamil Nadu  Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
      8      Women Innovator (Rural/ Urban)      Sona College of Technology, Salem, Tamil Nadu    J.C. Bose University of Science & Technology, Faridabad, Haryana1) Dr. D.Y. Patil Institute of Pharmaceutical Science & Research, Pune, Maharashtra
  2) Prestige Institute of Engg. MGMT & Research, Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

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