Hyderabad: The National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati  Raj (NIRDPR) today presented India’s first focused ‘Rural Innovators Startup Conclave Awards 2017’. The ceremony was held at NIRDPR, Hyderabad. The ‘RISC 2017 Awards’ were conceptualized to encourage the rural youth and bring to the fore the creative young minds of the country to showcase their innovations for rural development.

The award ceremony was graced by Chief Guest Shri N. Ramesh Kumar, IAS (Retd), State Election Commissioner, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. The RISC 2017 Awards received 200 entries from across India. Out of the 200 entries, 110 were shortlisted and 12 were awarded under the categories of “Best Innovators” and “Best Startups”. The  6 best startups were awarded a cash prize of Rs 1lakh each and the 6 best innovators were awarded a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each, along with a certificate and glittering memento.

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