The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) announces the National Student Challenge (NSC) 2013.

NSC 2013 brings together young people who want to be change-makers in India’s urban transformation. If you believe that you can design solutions to some of the most pressing urban problems – mobility, housing, livelihoods, education, safety and violence, and disaster risk reduction – NSC 2013 is the platform for you.

We invite undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students from institutions all over the country to come up with creative ideas to solve traffic problems, manage waste or provide viable livelihood options to the urban poor. The three winning teams would be supported by an implementation grant and continued guidance to transform their ideas into successful ventures.

The National Student Challenge is supported and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Eligibility Criteria
Undergraduate Students
Post-graduate Students
Doctoral Students

Age Limit: 30 Years (As of 15.10.2013)

Participate in the ‘Challenge’
1. Form teams of 3 to 5 students
2. Identify an urban challenge
3. Formulate Problem Statement and a Possible Solution Statement
4. Submit Problem and Solution Statements

After submission
The deadline for submission of statements is 01.10.2013. 25 teams will be shortlisted based on several parameters and notified by 13.10.2013. If your team is shortlisted, you will be assigned a mentor, a subject matter expert in your chosen theme, who will help streamline your solution. After 6 weeks of mentoring, you will present your solution to an eminent jury at the finals on December 11 and 12, 2013 at the IIHS Bangalore Campus.

“Cultural Expression” to an Urban Issue
The 25 shortlisted teams have the option of expressing their observations about Urban Issues through creative arts. You may also select a performing art to portray your idea. The expressions could be in the form of play-acting, film, dance & song, role-play, narration, miming, parody, photography or painting. These expressions could complement your chosen themes and provide relatable context. Cultural Expression is optional.


Top three teams will receive an implementation grant of Rs. 3,00,000 and individual cash prizes.

Additionally, please free to contact us at any point of time at or call us at: 91-80-67606666. You can ask for either Shalini Pal or Sarat Chandra Gnanamgari and we’ll be happy to assist you with your queries. We wish you all the best!

15|09|2013 – Final date for registration of teams
01|10|2013 – Final date for the submission of the statements
12|10|2013 – Final shortlisting of the teams
19|10|2013 – Mentor mapping and assigning of mentors
11 & 12 December 2013 – NSC 2013 Finals