SARANSH – Thesis Competition for PhD students

INYAS is pleased to announce Saransh – Thesis Competition for PhD students. Saransh is an opportunity for the new generation of budding Indian scientists to communicate their research to the wider population beyond the scientific community.

Purpose:

The need for scientific innovations arises from challenges faced by the society at large. However, it is often seen that dissipation of such knowledge to the population is laced with challenges like dearth of appropriate platforms, lack of proper connect with audience and excessive use of scientific jargon. “Saransh” by Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS), is an attempt to bridge the gap between the budding scientists and the community at large. It aims to provide a platform to PhD scholars across the country to present their thesis-related work to a wider audience who have little or no knowledge in their area of research.

Eligibility: 

  • The competition is open to PhD students registered in any State/ Central Institution or University in India only. 
  • The student entering the competition must have completed at least 2 years of doctoral research and must not have defended his/ her thesis yet.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Letter of endorsement for participation by PhD Guide/Supervisor/Head (pdf file) on official letterhead is required.

Registration and entry to the competition

  • Registration and entry to the competition will be done through an online application form.

Preliminary Round:

  • The students will submit their entries as video presentation uploaded on YouTube (www.youtube.com). The video must include the presentation with an embedded voice/video. Incorrect or inaccessible youtube links will lead to disqualification.
  • The students will be allowed to present a maximum of three slides (any additional slides will lead to disqualification).
  • Students can present either in English or Hindi.
  • Students will have to explain their thesis work to an audience that may or may-not have any knowledge about their research area.
  • The students should communicate their work in such a way that people can understand the real world implications of the work.
  • Analogies may help in conveying their message.
  • Time limit: 3 minutes (exceeding the time-limit even by a second will straight lead to disqualification without any exception).

Final Round (Live Online Competition through Video Conference)

  • The YouTube entries from Preliminary Round will be evaluated and screened by a jury appointed by INYAS. 
  • Top ten entries in each category will be selected for the Final round of the competition.
  • Results will be posted on INYAS website. The selected participants will also be individually informed.
  • The final round will be conducted as an online live competition through video conference.
  • The participants selected for the final round may use the same slide that they used for the first round or edit/ modify/ change their presentation slides.
  • The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session by the jury members.
  • The general rules for the presentation will be same as in the first round:
    • The students will be allowed to present a maximum of three slides (any additional slides will lead to disqualification).
    • Students can present either in English or Hindi.
    • Students will have to explain their thesis work to an audience that may or may-not have any knowledge about their research area.
    • The students should communicate their work in such a way that people can understand the real world implications of the work. 
    • Time limit for presentation: 3 minutes (exceeding the time-limit even by a second will straight lead to disqualification without any exception). Q&A time will be additional.

General guidelines:

  • The competition will be conducted by INYAS.
  • All submissions should be available as editable files and should be available for later use on request.
  • The actual presentations on YouTube should have the presentation with speaker’s video (and audio) on one corner. An example on how to do this may be seen at: https://www.panopto.com/blog/the-best-way-to-record-a-powerpoint-presentation/. Please note that this link has been provided just as an example. INYAS does not endorse this in any way. Participants are advised to choose any method of their choice. Similar format will be required for the final round that will be conducted on a live online platform.
  • The participant should agree to allow the usage of entry by INYAS. 
  • An individual can submit only one entry.
  • The participant can select only one Category from:
  1. Category A: Physical Sciences
  2. Category B: Chemical Sciences
  3. Category C: Life Sciences
  4. Category D: Engineering Sciences
  • Results will be posted on INYAS website. The winners will also be individually informed.
  • In case of any discrepancy or ambiguity, judgment of the jury will be final.

Judging Criteria: Students will be evaluated on the basis of originality of the work presented, structuring of the presentation, presentation style and ease of understanding for non-experts.

Important Dates:

  • Announcement of competition: 14th of August (Saturday), 2021
  • Social media/website/email announcement and opening of submissions: 15th of August (Sunday), 2021
  • Last date for submission of entries: 30th of September (Thursday), 2021 
  • Results of Preliminary Round will be announced by: 25th of October (Monday), 2021 
  • Final Round (tentative): Between 10th to 20th November, 2021 

Award declaration & ceremony: Last week of November, 2021

Prizes:

Cash Prize + Certificate

CategoryFirst Prize (INR)Second Prize (INR)Third Prize (INR)
A: Physical Sciences1000060004000
B: Chemical Sciences1000060004000
C: Life Sciences1000060004000
D: Engineering Sciences1000060004000

Last date to submit applications has been closed on 30-09-2021