CII has incorporated student awards category within the prestigious CII Design Excellence Awards in order to encourage, support and nurture new talent entering the industry, which is essential for the future of our industry.

Our aim is to:

1. Identify and honor talented design students
2. Award projects which solve a problem innovatively

Entries are welcome from final year undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing full-time program in any design school / engineering institute within India.

It is essential that the project submitted for this award is final year main project and is duly certified by your institution. The project could be an individual project or a team project. The project must have been completed in the academic year 2015-16. Last date for submissions is October 16, 2016.

In case, Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) protects the project, a prior permission must be sought before submissions. Along with your application submission, you can mention the project being protected by NDA. CII confirms and commits that no part of the project will be communicated outside other than the stakeholders who are supposed to know about it including jury in any form in such cases.

The winning students will receive wide visibility amongst design consultancies, design led organizations and other stakeholders through CII publications and website. The winning entries will be showcased at an exhibition during the Design Summit


10 Awards

Overall Winner - Undergraduate Students

Overall Winner - Postgraduate Students

4 Category Winners - Undergraduate Students

4 Category Winners - Postgraduate Students


Visual Communication

Industrial Design

Interaction Design

Mobility Design

Judging Criteria

Solution need and potential: How well does the project solve the identified problem and what is the future potential of the design solution. We would like to see how well design thinking is used; we would like to see the process between your insights and solution.

Aesthetics, utility and novelty: How well is design described and how well it satisfies the identified needs? What aspects of the design make it useful and novel? Is it pleasing and looks and feel well resolved?

Feasibility: Is the design solution based on logical and sound hypothesis and judgment? Has the project addressed the identified challenges effectively and demonstrated a reasonable solution for solving them?

Magic: Does the design solution clearly demonstrate any benefits for the users, for the society, for the stakeholders? Does it show lateral, out of box thinking, does it bring about a magical feeling.

Writing clarity and style: Is the project summary clearly written and the presentation well made? Is the language clear and free of grammatical and spelling errors? Are the concepts and ideas conveyed clearly and concisely?


Winners of CII Design Excellence Awards: Student Category will benefit in multiple ways. CII being an organization that is nationally and internationally granted under the aegis of CII Design Excellence Awards will be of immense value in furthering your career interest or entrepreneurial venture. In addition the winners will benefit in the following manner:

Media Publicity : CII will promote the Design Excellence Awards and winning entries through publications in national and international media

Online : Winners will be featured on the CII Design Portal.

Exhibition :Winners and participants will be showcased in an exhibition during the CII NID Design Summit 2016 to be held at Delhi during November 2016.

Certificate & Trophy : Winners will be awarded a certificate and a trophy.

Design Summit 2016 : Participants will be get a free pass to attend the Design Summit 2016 and listen to luminaries in the field of design, innovation, technology, IPR and higher education. They will get an opportunity to network with industry participants

Featured in CII Design Year Book : Combining an experienced editorial team, innovative graphic design, the Year Book, is a compilation of exceptional designs happening in India. The book is circulated to many important stakeholders in the industry and Government and also available for purchase at leading book stores and online platforms. The book is CII Design Excellence Awards: Student Category being published by Penguin and the winning entries would be featured in the book.

Terms & Conditions

The CII Design Excellence Awards reserves the right to refuse an entry if it does not comply with any or all applicable eligibility criteria

This decision is at the sole discretion of the CII Design Excellence Awards and no correspondence will be entered into.

The participation fees once paid is non-refundable under any circumstances.

The applicant can withdraw his / her application at any time during the award process, however the participation fees paid will not be refunded

Information supplied within or in relation to the application must be real, correct and complete. Please note that all personal or sensitive information will be treated as confidential.

Claims made by the applicant such as "unique", "world first", "one of a kind" or "owned by" must be substantiated. The CII Design Excellence Awards reserves the right to request further evidence such as records of all applicable patents, trade marks, design registrations, etc.

The CII Design Excellence Awards may withdraw the award at any time, even after it being granted if it is found that the information supplied was incorrect.

The decision of the jury is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All submission material and accompanying documentation must be clearly written in the English language.

The entry and accompanying documentation including images must be made available for use by the CII Design Excellence Awards for usage in publicity material, exhibitions, etc Please note that images might be supplied to the media for publication to further promote the entry and the CII Design Excellence Awards.

Please be aware that the CII Design Excellence Awards, its employees and contractors accept no responsibility for any damage or loss caused to any submission material during transportation, handling or storage and that packaging, transportation and insurance of any submission material is the responsibility of the applicant.

By submitting an application to the CII Design Excellence Awards, the applicant is agreeing to the abovementioned terms and conditions of entry

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact :

Ms. Pooja Sanchala

Confederation of Indian Industry
Plot No. 249-F, Udyog Vihar Phase IV
Sector 18, Gurgaon, Haryana-122015
Tel: 0124-4014060

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