Education Innovation Fund for India (EIFI)


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The Education Innovation Fund for India (EIFI) is a collaborative project between the HP Office of Global Social Innovation and the India Council for Integral Education (ICIE)

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Education Innovation Fund for India (EIFI)

  1. 1. EDUCATION INNOVATION FUND FOR INDIAThe Education Innovation Fund for India (EIFI) is a collaborative project between the HP Officeof Global Social Innovation and the India Council for Integral Education (ICIE), an initiative of theSri Aurobindo Society.The purpose of EIFI is to identify and collaborate with significant innovation projects ineducation that can be scaled to the next level of operation, through the award of an EIFI Grant.This is to be done through a national search to nurture and support the most promisinginnovations in education within India. There is a One Crore Grant to the Most PromisingProject in Educational Innovation, along with several smaller grants awarded to projects thatshow the capability to scale up their growth and impact the future of India’s education. Grant Awards will be chosen by a Jury of prominent leaders in India’s education, Govt service and business management and announced at a national ceremony, in January, 2012. The Advisory Council of the Education Fund in India includes well known national leaders of major NGOs, consultancy service companies, educational innovation service providers, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE, USA), and global leaders in educational innovation. EIFI is joined by projects such as the Unique Learner Project,Project Ringtones, HP Catalyst Initiative and master teacher training initiatives by ICIE.The India Council for Integral Education (ICIE) is a centre of educational innovation and apremier association for master teachers, master facilitators and master administrators withinIndia. The Council is a project of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry and an affiliate of theInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).Sri Aurobindo, visionary, revolutionary, writer and Yogi has been hailed by the Nobel laureateRomain Rolland as “the greatest synthesis of the east and the west” and by Nobel LaureateRabindranath Tagore as the voice of India. His thought and yoga have greatly influencededucation and innovation in India. The Sri Aurobindo society is an institution of nationalimportance with centres and branches throughout India. It is one of the largest and oldestorganizations working for the next future in India and globally.
  2. 2. ABOUT THE GRANT EIFI has been set up to provide schools, universities and organizations, grants that support and encourage innovative projects which can bring about a transformative change in the field of education. The objective of EIFI is to be a platform that identifies ideas from all over India and finds ways to implement these ideas on a larger scale, which will help the country as a whole. The fund will enable creative NGOs, schools and universities, institutes and other organizations within India to spark qualitative change or sustain technological, pedagogical, or social change presently in progress. Upon submission of the information required by the Grant application, Proposal Submitters will receive a user name and password to theEIFI website. Grant applications can include print presentation, video documentation, photographs and other innovativeuses of media.The winning Grant Awardees will have national and global dissemination of their projects through the EIFI website andthe networks of the collaborating organizations.There are 5 broad categories of Grant Proposals. Innovative ideas or projects that are in the “development” (gestation phase), “validation” (pilot phase), or “scale-up”(projects ready to grow to the next higher level of outreach); Research projects that are academic in nature, which are peer-reviewed, have been published in an academic journal, andwhich are ready for the experimentation phase; “New way of doing something better, faster or cheaper” than previously, creating a qualitative change that is primarilytechnological, primarily pedagogical, or primarily a social process innovation in content and practice; “Stunning innovations” that radically change the way in which technology, pedagogy or social process is used ineducation or in India’s social development; Transfer of technology or social process from one environment presently successful in creating positive change toanother environment where such technology or social process is needed;
  3. 3. MAIN GRANTThe Main Grant consists of two categories:The One Crore GrantThe applicants can apply for funds up to a maximum of one crore rupees.Only one applicant will be awarded this grant.Grants up to Rs. 15 LakhsThe applicants can apply for funds up to a maximum of Rs. 15 lakhs.15 applicants will be awarded this grant.YOUNG LEARNERS & YOUNG INNOVATORS GRANTSChildren are the very core of the educational system and often have exciting andcreative ideas to improve, enhance and change these systems. The YoungLearners & Young Innovators grants are part of the initiative to encourageinnovation in education among the youth. These grants allow children and youngadults, from two separate categories - ages 11-14 and 15 to 17 years, to apply forgrants by conceptualizing and creating breakthroughs in the field of education.All Young Learners will receive an award amount of Rs.11,000 if chosen.The Young Innovators will receive a grant up to Rs. 1 lakh rupees depending on theirproject requirement.INDIA COUNCIL FOR INTEGRAL EDUCATIONICIE aspires to be an authentic and collaborative centre for personal andprofessional development, global standards in teaching and technology andtransmission of educational praxis at the local, state, regional, national andglobal levels. Networking of educators involved in the creation and dissemination of holisticlearning, combining deeper values and the latest technology. Bringing about a major change in the entire educational scene in India byinitiating a creative and conscious integration of technology and Indianpsychological insights into the best practices of teaching.
  4. 4. SRI AUROBINDO SOCIETYSri Aurobindo Society is an international non–profit NGO, working for individualperfection, social transformation and human unity, based on a spiritual foundation.The Society strives for social change, empowerment, deeper values and excellence invarious fields, including education, village development, sustainable development andrenewable energy, health, management, youth, women, Indian culture, media, films andtelevision programmes.The Society’s main administrative office is at Puducherry. It has members, centres andbranches in all parts of India and several abroad.The Society has been recognized by the Govt. of India as a Research Institute and as anInstitution of National Importance.http://www.aurosociety.orgHP GLOBAL SOCIAL INNOVATIONHP envisions a world with unlimited educational opportunities. As a global corporatecitizen present in every country, HP believes there is no better way to address society’smost pressing challenges than by equipping students, educators and future entrepreneurswith the skills for turning their ideas and ambition into action. Through the power oftechnology to promote collaboration and unleash ingenuity, people supported by HP candrive positive change for millions of people worldwide.Through the flagship social innovation programs of the HP Office of Global SocialInnovation, HP is partnering with other leaders to improve educational systems, makelearning opportunities more broadly available, and train educators, students and aspiringentrepreneurs on essential business and IT skills.INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATIONThe International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE, USA)  is the premiermembership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learningand teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout theworld and informs its members regarding educational issues of national and global scope.