Anveshana 2024

Anveshana Program is structured around the following concept of 'mentoring':

“Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé)" (source:

Anveshana is a Science and engineering competition that will culminate in a Fair where the students will exhibit their projects/models. This Competition will primarily involve undergraduate Engineering students and underprivileged school going students where the students together will follow philosophies and practices of hands-on learning, research orientation, to make models based on Engineering-Science concepts. The Engineering Students will mentor school students in the creation of models while inducing knowledge and confidence in them.

Engineering colleges will participate as teams with 2 members. The teams will select 2 students from nearby underprivileged schools (Govt. and Govt. aided schools) to mentor them to design and build models or projects around an identified social problem. The school students thus will be exposed to the entire planning, designing, and building process of the models and in turn, will get educated in the scientific and engineering concepts behind the models in Anveshana.

Agastya International Foundation has been conducting it successfully every year in association with Synopsys India Ltd., from 2011-12 in Bangalore, 2013-14 in Hyderabad, 2015-16 in NCR Delhi, and 2018-19 in Mumbai.

Anveshana is well received by engineering colleges in Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Objective of Anveshana

  • To develop innovation and creativity among students from engineering colleges and nearby disadvantaged schools.
  • To facilitate the process of mentoring between engineering students and school students while they plan, design, and make the models together.
  • To Bridge the knowledge gap between school and higher education through the integration of ideas and learned concepts.

Theme for Anveshana 2024

SMART Future: Technology's Role in Sustaining the Five Elements
Focus Areas: Earth, Water, Air, Fire (Energy), and Space

Process of Anveshana (Engineering Fair & Competition)

  • Initial Screening of Engineering College Teams: Concept synopses based on social problems and related Engineering solutions are invited from engineering college teams for pre-screening by the jury.
  • First-round jury process: The jury will evaluate the registered projects and approaches taken by students and select the top 40 (Mumbai and Delhi) / top 30 (Bangalore and Hyderabad). These projects will go on to implement their ideas and demonstrate. This process is applicable as a precursor to state level events. Similarly registered projects will be screened for Chittoor and North Karnataka zonal events.
  • Screening, selection of Synopsis, and identifying mentees: Once selected the teams are asked to contact local schools with underprivileged status and to form teams with school students. They plan, design, and make the models while collaborating and mentoring the school students.
  • Model Creation and Quality Check by the Agastya team: Students will create knowledge networks between themselves, their peers, and with external resource persons to create conceptual and methodological frameworks to create the models. Here, Agastya teams along with assigned senior resource persons (senior educators, engineers, etc.) will visit the colleges to assist the teams conceptually and in the making of the models while providing inputs including scientific and technological inputs. One of the main reasons for these visits is to ensure the quality of the collaboration and teaching-mentoring-learning outcomes.
  • Conceptual - Technological advice from Agastya: Agastya will also help the teams to establish links between prominent institutions like the Indian Institute of Science, Institution of Engineers, Indian Institute of Technology etc. – in case they need any technological or conceptual inputs.
  • Anveshana Fair begins: The models thus made will be exhibited in the Anveshana Science and Engineering fair where the teams will be presenting the same in front of an expert Jury for Judgement. During the fair, students display their research projects and working models and present their findings orally and through written journals to the Jury (mostly a team of scientists and educators). The judging process involves a series of interactions on the concepts, methodology, and objectives of the projects done by the students.
  • Delegates attending the fair: After the judging process students from various schools and delegates representing various institutions are also expected to attend the fair. Delegates attending the event will include scientists and educators from a large number of institutions across the state
  • Prizes will be awarded at a valedictory function – towards the end of the fair

Expected Outcomes

  • From 6 Locations 600+ ideas are to be generated.
  • Expected to create ideas for over 100 models of which about 40 would be short-listed for final prototyping and evaluation in one location.
  • 400+ School Students will undergo direct training in model making thus improving their design, conceptualizing, and leadership skills. In addition, they will receive training in soft skills viz. Team Work and communication, thus improving their confidence levels.
  • 400+ Engineering Students from among 150+ Engineering Colleges (Finalists from 300+ Engineering Colleges) will undergo direct training in model making thus improving their design, conceptualizing, mentoring, and leadership skills
  • School Students will get exposure to model-making concepts thus understanding the linkages between concepts learned in the classroom, associated learning methodologies, and aspects of model-making.
  • Participating students will imbibe a questioning spirit and receive research orientation.
  • Increased social awareness among engineering students as they are gearing up for professional life.
  • Cross pollination of information, knowledge, and experience between school education and collegiate education.