Avery Dennison Foundation announces its 4th Spirit of Invention Scholarship Award

The Avery Dennison Foundation today announced its fourth
‘Spirit of Invention’ (InvEnt) scholarship award in Gurgaon, India, honoring 10
Indian students from five reputed institutes for their outstanding innovation
capabilities in engineering, science and technology. The InvEnt Scholarship
Program was established in order to develop young talent in innovation and

“We are pleased that the InvEnt Scholarship Program has
entered its fourth year in India,” said Alicia Procello Maddox, president of
the Avery Dennison Foundation. “The Avery Dennison Foundation is committed to
improving the communities in which we operate, and supporting education is part
of this commitment. We recognise the need for talent development to nurture
effective leaders of the future. We hope that by encouraging the spirit of
innovation and entrepreneurship among students we can help them pursue their
dream careers. We are excited to play a part in the journey of these 10
students from India as they get ready to take on new opportunities in their

The participating Indian institutes this year included Birla
Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani; M.S. Ramaiah Institute of
Technology, Bangalore; MIT, Manipal; Pune Vidhyarthi Griha’s College of
Engineering and Technology, Pune and St. Stephen’s College, University of
Delhi. Winning students were chosen through a merit-based, rigorous two-stage
selection process, first at the college level and then the second at an
independent selection committee level. The program recognized a number of
forward-looking innovations such as

●     Rescue Band:
Designed to aid human beings affected by natural or unnatural calamities by
developing a prototype wristband (Arnav Kundra, BITS Pilani)

●     Plaster Spray: A
spray available in a deodorant-kind bottle that would harden on application to
form a thick wafer like layer when exposed to air (Sohum Waikar, Pune
Vidhyarthi Griha’s College of Engineering and Technology, Pune)

●     Safe Route
Detection Application: Aimed at preventing crime against women, this project
has been conceptualized to suggest the safest route between two locations,
based on the geographical model of crime intensities (Harsh Sharma, BITS,

●     Helio Tracker:
Poised to become the next leap in optimizing solar power installations, the
project is aimed at building a device that imitates the Sunflower’s ability to
continually turn its face toward the sun, enhancing the amount of energy
absorbed by the solar panels (Chirag Manchanda, MIT, Manipal)

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