Participation Guidelines

Simply put, ZIIEI can be viewed as a competition or a game of creating ideas to improve education. It has three main stages:

  1. Submission of ideas by innovators and selection of the most effective ideas by jury.
  2. Training of these selected innovators and adoption of their ideas by schools across the state.
  3. Reward and recognition for the selected innovators and the most innovation-friendly
    • The whole process, starting from the submission of an idea to the final reward and recognition stage, takes about one (1) year.
    • A necessary condition is that your ideas should leverage the existing resources within your school or community, and require zero-investment
    • The best ideas will be selected based on these criteria listed in Evaluation and Selection Process
    • Shortlisted innovators will be trained to refine their ideas for implementation in schools that opt for implementing these ideas.
    • Depending on the outcomes, innovators and the innovation-friendly schools will be recognised and rewarded by the State Government and the education community.

Evaluation & Selection

Criteria of Initial Selection of the Best Ideas

  1. Improvement of outdated or inefficient structures and processes.
  2. Utilisation of existing resources within the school or community.
  3. Requirement of zero or minimal monetary investments for implementation in a school.
  4. Number of years since your idea was implemented and has been in use.
  5. Proof of concept, or proof idea implementation submitted, such as photographs, signed feedback from students/teachers/community members, etc.
  6. Number of stakeholders involved in implementation and use of your innovation.
  7. How your idea helps address one or more of these 8 current issue in education:
    • Decreasing learning outcomes and increasing learning gaps
    • Insufficient focus on girl education
    • Exclusion of children with special needs
    • Lack of enquiry-led self-learning environment
    • Negligible involvement of parents
    • Low rate of student enrollment and increasing drop-outs
    • Deterioration of deeper human values
    • Low motivation levels among teachers


Steps to Apply

All You Need to Know Before You Get Started
Your Eligibility

  • The applicant(s) must be citizens of India.
  • The applicant(s) must be a teacher employed at a school recognised by the state education department.
  • Work should be original or the origin of concept should be clearly identified and an undertaking must be given by the applicant in the Idea Submission Form, certifying that the idea is original.


Submission Procedure

  • Submit ideas for ZIIEI during ZIIEI orientation sessions in your block, or online at or at the office of district/block education officer, or by post.
  • Click on and fill out the Idea Submission form using your UDISE code.
  • Kindly read the terms and conditions carefully before submitting your application.
  • Kindly follow the guidelines provided in the Registration and Idea Submission Form
  • Applicants are advised to submit a proof of concept or proof of idea implementation, such as visual aids (photographs in JPEG format of minimum 200KB), signed feedback or to statistics, to support their application.
  • An innovator can submit any number of ideas.


Document Checklist

  • The following documents must be submitted to complete your application:
    1. Completed Registration Form.
    2. Completed Idea Submission Form (along with proofs of concept or idea implementation, if any).
    3. Any other document/particulars that ZIIEI Team shall demand after reviewing your application, such particulars must be submitted within the deadline therein specified.


Selection Procedure

  • A jury will select the best Innovators.
  • Those selected will be informed by phone and by letter both.
  • The details of the follow-up workshops and Annual ZIIEI Seminar organised especially for the winners will be communicated to recipients.


For Schools


Transform Your School. Transform Education.
School Eligibility

  • The school must be recognised by the state education department.


Participation Procedure

  • Carefully select the ZIIEI Innovation(s) (from the ZIIEI Book of Best Practices) that you want to implement to address the specific education gaps in your school.
  • Kindly follow the guidelines provided in the Implementation form and fill it in.
  • The ZIIEI trainers and call centre team may follow up with you to help you with implementation, such as to customise the selected Innovation(s) as per your requirements.
  • During and after the implementation of these ideas in your school, ensure that you submit the idea outcome forms at the stated intervals.


Selection Procedure

  • Depending on your school’s scorecard compared with school’s across the state, the ZIIEI Jury will identify the most Innovation-Friendly School.
  • Those selected will be informed, along with details of the Annual ZIIEI Seminar organised especially for the winners.


Terms & Conditions


  1. The proposal of the applicant may be used by Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS) to implement schemes in other projects.
  2. The eligibility and selection criteria for ZIIEI have been clearly defined and the Applicants shall be considered only if they qualify.
  3. The applications shall be considered by the ZIIEI Jury for med for this purpose; The composition of this Jury shall not be called into question by any applicant and the ZIIEI Team has absolute discretion to keep the identity of the Jury private till the time it is deemed fit.
  4. The decision of the Jury shall be final abiding and shall not be called into question in a court of law, no reasons for selection or rejection will be provided by the ZIIEI Team.
  5. There is no monetary reward for submission/selected of ideas.
  6. The following documents must be submitted to complete your application:
    1. Completed Registration Form.
    2. Completed Idea Submission Form (along with proofs of concept or idea implementation, if any).
    3. Any other document/particulars that ZIIEI Team shall request for, such particulars must be submitted within the deadline therein specified.


Incomplete applications shall not be considered.

  1. By submitting the application, the Applicant guarantees that the information provided in the application is accurate, true and original.
  2. There is no last date for the submission of ideas, as ZIIEI team is constantly screening ideas from all states throughout the year.
  3. ZIIEI Team holds absolute rights to reject any application that is found to be unoriginal. ZIIEI Team also has the right to terminate any agreement entered into with the shortlisted innovators if fact of unoriginality becomes known after the selection of the innovator.
  4. An innovator can submit any number of ideas.
  5. Once the application is submitted, the Applicant is bound by the terms and conditions stated on the ZIIEI Portal.
  6. The monies constituting the reward for Innovators shall be utilised only for carrying out the approved project in respect of which the reward has been awarded.
  7. ZIIEI Team reserves the right to observe the activities/ask for evidence of implementation/visit the premises where the Innovation idea is being implemented anytime without prior notice in order to monitor the implementation process.
  8. Within seven (07) days of completion of implementation of the innovation in a school, the innovator or the school shall provide to ZIIEI Team a full written report on the activity [Implementation Form and Idea Outcome Form], and other supporting material/evidence(audio-visual), along with supporting evidence of expenditure by way of a detailed statement, attaching receipts wherever possible.
  9. If a ZIIEI Innovator has created or produced data, information, reports or materials which may be subject to copyright or which constitutes intellectual property of whatsoever nature (“Project Materials”), such Project Materials remain the property of the Innovator as and when they are created or produced, notwithstanding that any report or documentation provided to ZIIEI in accordance with these conditions will be owned by ZIIEI Team.
  10. Governing law shall be the laws of India and any dispute resolution shall be within the jurisdiction of Indian courts.
  11. The Applicant/Reward Recipient undertakes to be bound by these conditions without exceptions.
  12. These terms and conditions are subject to revision without notice.


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