Terms & Conditions


Sponsor and Organizer of KPIT SHODH Awards

This contest is sponsored and organized by KPIT Technologies Limited, having its registered office at SEZ Plot No. 17, Rajiv Gandhi InfoTech Park, Phase 3, MIDC, Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057, India and Indian Institutes of Science, Education and Research (IISER) Pune., having its registered office at Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Ward No. 8, NCL Colony, Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra 411008 (hereinafter referred to as ”Sponsor and/or Organizer"). All requests and communication related to the contest has to be addressed to the above address.

Jury / Evaluation Committee

Representatives and/or employees of Sponsor and/or Organizer, technical experts of Sponsor‘s and/or Organizer’s Research & Development department(s) an/or independent external experts will form a Jury/Evaluation Committee which will also be involved in conducting this contest. Sponsor and Organizer reserve the right - at their sole discretion and without prior notice - to appoint, dismiss and/or replace members of the Jury/Evaluation Committee at any time.

Eligibility to Participate

This contest is only open for students / working professionals across India, who are completing their PhD. course (Those who have submitted their thesis, defended or have been awarded) in 2019.

Contest Periods

Phase I: Registration, Synopsis of Thesis submission For Participants is open from [12.07.2019], 00:00 h IST (Indian Standard Time). Participant teams can submit their Synopsis of Thesis details in the Synopsis of Thesis submission form and a consent letter from the supervisor. This phase ends on [31.08.2019], 24:00 h IST.

Phase II: Evaluation Submitted Synopsis of Thesis will be evaluated between [01.09.2019], 00:00 h IST and [31.12.2019], 24:00 h IST. The results of Participants /teams selected for Finale will be declared on 01.01.2020.

Finale will take place on 17th and 18th January 2020, in IISER Pune campus. The date and venue details would be provided to all selected Participants.
Participants may login to the KPIT Shodh portal, to know the status of their submitted Synopsis of Thesis, Sponsor and/or Organizer reserve the right, to modify above dates without prior notice. Neither Sponsor nor Organizer can be held liable for any consequences to such change in dates.

Participating in the Contest / Time Schedule

Phase I: Registration, Synopsis of Thesis submission for students in the contest is open from [12.07.2019], 00:00 h IST (Indian Standard Time)

Entering the contest is free of charge. To enter the contest, Participants must register themselves by completing the electronic entry form available at https://shodh.kpit.com by clicking on "Register now" and signup to get registered in KPIT Shodh Awards.
All required information entered must true and correct (inter alia true first and true last name, e-mail address etc.) (Hereinafter collectively referred to as "Personal Information"). Any entry form that is incomplete or that contains inaccuracies or discrepancies will not be considered and will result automatically in disqualification of the Participant.
After registration the Participant will receive an email with a link for verification of his/her email address. After verification of the email address the Participant must login at https://shodh.kpit.com

Synopsis of Thesis Submission

Participants - via an online form available at https://shodh.kpit.com [need to register and login first] – submit their Synopsis of Thesis on the theme "Energy & Mobility". The Synopsis of Thesis could be related to various areas such as:

  • Energy Generation
  • Alternative Energies
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Utilization
  • Energy Policy
  • Energy and Economy
  • Clean
  • Safe
  • Shared
  • Connected
  • Secured Mobility
  • Vehicle Connectivity
  • and many more!

Phase I. Once Phase I has been completed, no more changes will be accepted in submitted Synopsis of Thesis.

Submitted Synopsis of Thesis will be evaluated by the Evaluation committee on the following criteria, in order of importance:

  • Innovation
  • Social impact
  • Technical knowledge

The Evaluation committee will at its sole discretion select the best Synopsis of Thesis which are innovative and according to above mentioned criteria, which will be selected for finale. Decision of Evaluation Committee will be final and binding and cannot be challenged. Sponsor and/or Organizer will send an email / SMS to Participant’s (or team leader’s in case of team) registered email address / phone no.

Selection of Winners

At Finale, the Jury will assess the presented Synopsis of Thesis and give – at its sole discretion – ratings based the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Social impact
  • Technical knowledge


The Participant (s), whose Synopsis of Thesis receives the best overall rating wins the 1st Best Thesis award of Rs. 2 Lakh and his / her supervisor will receive Rs. 25, 000
The Participant (s), whose Synopsis of Thesis receives the 2nd best overall rating wins the 2nd Best Thesis award of Rs. 1 Lakh and his / her supervisor will receive Rs. 15, 000
The Participant (s), whose Poster receives 1st Prize will get Rs 25,000
The Participant (s), whose Poster receives 2nd Prize will get Rs 15,000
The Participant (s), whose Poster receives 3rd Prize will get Rs 10,000.

Announcement of Winners

The winners will be announced on Finale.


The winners are solely responsible for the tax payment of the received awards according to applicable tax laws.

Responsibility of Participant (s)

Participants are responsible and ensure that they have obtained the necessary consent /permits from Supervisor to participate in this contest. The Participant shall be solely responsible for the cost of participation in KPIT Shodh and in no event shall the Organizer or Sponsor be responsible to reimburse any such cost to the participant.

Data Protection

When entering the contest, the Participants consent that their Personal Information collected by Sponsor and/or Organizer shall be used by Sponsor and/or Organizer or their agents to conduct the contest, to contact the participant or for the purpose of fulfillment of these Terms.
When entering the contest, the Participants agree and consent that their personal information, Identity and Likeness is incorporated into Sponsor’s and/or Organizer’s databases and get automatically processed for the purposes mentioned above.
At any time a Participant may revoke his/her consent and exercise his/her right of objection, access, rectification and cancellation addressing written notices via e-mail to KPITShodh@kpit.com or via usual mail to Sponsor’s and/or Organizer.

Patent rights

Participants will remain the sole owner of their submitted inventions in connection with the contest, including but not limited to software, designs, drawings, demoware, prototypes, techniques and methodology. All materials, deliverables, inventions, works of authorship or other creations arising out of this submissions will remain the property of the originating Participant. Sponsor and/or Organizer reserve the right, - at their sole discretion and without prior notice at any time to modify, postpone, cancel or terminate the contest in its entirety, in the event that the integrity, administration, impartiality or normal operation of the contest is compromised in any way especially because of a computer-virus, a software bug, hacker attacks or unauthorized human intervention or for any other purpose. In this event, Participants will be informed via https://shodh.kpit.com . In case of a modification, postponement, cancellation or termination the Participants have no rights to claim anything (including awards) from Sponsor and/or the Organizer.

Limitation of Liability

In no event shall Sponsor and/or Organizer be liable to the other for any loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss of data, loss of use, any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages, incurred by Participants or any third party, whether in an action in contract or tort, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory regardless of whether such damages were foreseeable or if the Participants or any other person has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Applicable law – Jurisdiction Clause

These Terms and Conditions are subject to laws of India. Any disputes that cannot be settled amicably shall be settled exclusively by the competent courts of Pune, India.


Participants in the contest undertake not to disclose any information about the content of their Thesis / ideas to any third party before the announcement of the Awards. ‘Third parties,’ here, include other participants in the contest, but not the Sponsor and /or Organizer, its employees, agents, or representatives and members of the jury.


All requests and communication related to the contest have to be addressed to the Sponsor and/or Organizer’s office. Candidates may send in questions at any time to the following address: KPITShodh@kpit.com.

Severability Clause

Should one of the provisions of the Official Rules be or become invalid or infeasible the validity of the remaining provisions of the Official Rules shall not thereby be affected. In this case, the invalid or infeasible provision shall be substituted by a valid provision which comes closest to the economic effect of the invalid provision.
Entire Agreement: This Terms contain the entire agreement between Sponsor and /or Organizer and Participants with respect to the provision of contest and supersedes all previous agreements, promises, proposals, representations and understandings whether written or oral, between the parties respecting the subject matter hereof. Privacy policy

Publicity and Image Rights

Throughout the contest, Sponsor and/or Organizer will communicate on the identity of the Participant (s). Accordingly, Participant (s)undertake to provide their biographical details, namely [name, age, name of the university, faculty, photographs] (hereinafter referred to as “Identity”) and title, Synopsis of Thesis details, images and videos (hereinafter referred to as “Likeness”) requested by Sponsor and/or Organizer and agree to these being published on the Internet site: https://shodh.kpit.com and on Sponsor's and/or Organizer's social network accounts (on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and XING etc.) as part of the communication campaign for the contest, until the end of 2023. The winners expressly agree to the free usage and publication of their Identity and/or Likeness on the following media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and relevant Magazines for any advertising or promotional campaign related to this contest, on the medium mentioned also a record is maintained on KPIT Shodh Awards “Hall of Fame” page. No compensation will be paid to the Participants for the above mentioned grant of rights by the Participants. “All the intellectual property rights in the project will continue to vest with the Participant”