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 2017 -18. Last date for submissions is 31st August 2018.

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.



Solution need and potential

How well does the project solve the identified problem and what is the future potential of the design solution? How well design thinking is used and the process used between the insights and solution would also be considered.

Aesthetics, utility and novelty

How well is design described and how well it satisfies the iden tified needs? What aspects of the design make it useful and novel? Is it pleasant with its look and feel well resolved?

Practicality and feasibility

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


Does the design solution clearly demonstrate benefits for its users, the society and the stakeholders? Does it show lateral, out-of-the-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 Award in Student category will benefit in multiple ways. CII being an organization of national as well as international repute, awards granted under the aegis of CII Design Excellence Awards will be of immense value in furthering student’s career, interest or entrepreneurial venture. In addition, the winners will benefit in the following ways:

Media Publicity

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


Winners and participants will be showcased in the upcoming India Design Summit 2018 and 3rd India Design Show.

Certificate & Trophy

Winners will be awarded a certificate and a trophy at the India Design Summit by the luminaries of India Design.

Design Summit & Expo 2018

Winners will be get a free pass to attend the Design Summit & Expo 2018 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 India Design Book

Combining an experienced editorial team, the India Design 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. CII Design Excellence Awards: Student Category would be featured in the book.


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, trademarks, 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 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.