“Daughters are considered as Lakshmi in our culture. Can’t we facilitate daughters in our society by holding public programmes? There are several daughters, daughters-in-law who are doing exceptional work... Many are serving as doctors,engineers, scientists... as lawyers they are helping in the delivery of justice. The society can identify such daughters and honour them across India.”

Shri Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister, India

About RGIPT, Jais

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), Jais, is an autonomous institution established by the Government of India. The Institute has been accorded the status of "An Institution of National Importance" along the lines of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) under an Act of Parliament ("Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Act 2007").

Institute's prime objective is to provide world-class education, training, and research to roll out competent human resources to meet the growing requirements of the Petroleum & Energy sector. The aspiration is to develop India as a global manpower hub for the entire Petroleum and Energy Sector. The Institute offers B.Tech., IDD and M.Tech. programs in various Engineering disciplines along with an MBA program. Ph.D. programs in basic sciences, humanities, engineering, and management are also offered at the Institute.

The Institute received a rank for the first time in 2020 in the NIRF assessment conducted by the MHRD, Govt. of India. The Institute received 134th rank in the category of Engineering Institutions.

To supplement its on-campus academic offerings, the RGIPT has established two centers at Sivasagar, Assam, and Bengaluru, Karnataka. Assam Energy Institute, the center of RGIPT at Sivasagar, Assam, is envisaged to offer education programs and training of skilled technical manpower at the diploma and advanced diploma level courses. The Energy Institute, Bengaluru center, is mandated to provide academic programs and conduct cutting-edge research in the energy domain.


The first edition of "Urja Shakti" is starting in 2021. The Urja Shakti event is an initiative by RGIPT to promote women's presence in the Energy Sector. The name "Urja Shakti" itself tells about the idea of this event, "Urja" represents the theme of the event - Energy, and "Shakti" represents Feminine Power. This event will provide young women an opportunity to understand the various dimensions of the energy sector and strengthen confidence in them to plan their careers as leaders and entrepreneurs in this sector by enhancing their knowledge in prevalent energy technologies, markets, and policies. The ideas presented in the forum can serve as an effective tool to facilitate women's empowerment in the energy sector. To promote gender equality in the energy sector, events like this will help women participants to develop sound, comprehensive and convincing solutions for modern-day problems.

The event is a national-level write-up competition for female undergraduate engineering students. The winners of the event will be rewarded with a cash prize. A candidate can participate under the following themes;

  • AI, ML, IoT application in Petroleum industry
  • Unconventional / Renewable Energy Sources
  • Waste to Energy
  • Automation in Energy Sector
  • Cyber Security in Energy Sector
  • Zero waste energy
  • Energy Policies & Climate Changes
  • Energy Storage & Utilization
  • Strategies for CO2 capture and utilization

It is an opportunity for participants to share their novel and innovative ideas in front of experts in the field.

Urja Shakti is also taking this opportunity to honour a leading woman working in the Energy Sector.

Requirement for Participation: Contest seeks participation from female Engineering undergraduate students (First Year to Final Year) from any stream.

Important Instructions
  1. The write up should not exceed 1500 words (A4-size with 2.5 cm margin on all sides, single column, Times New Roman font for English & font size 12, 1.5 line spacing written in MS Word) will be accepted for further scrutiny. The pages should be numbered.
  2. The write–up should contain an introduction, current state of theme/area, challenges, and your point of view covering ideas/solutions/perspective/recommendation and References/Bibliography.
  3. The bibliography will be excluded from the word limit.
  4. Only one write-up per student is allowed.
  5. The PDF shall be mailed to urjashakti@rgipt.ac.in. The subject of the mail shall be the theme of the write-up.

Submission Details

Submission starts on: 20th October, 2021
Last date for Submission: 10th January, 2021

Where to submit the concept note and/or idea: The write-up of concept notes and/or ideas in PDF format shall be mailed to urjashakti@rgipt.ac.in. The subject of the mail shall be the theme of the write-up.

Evaluation Criteria

  • All the entries shall be evaluated based on its originality, scalability and applicability in real conditions.
  • The write-up must be original and plagiarism is strictly prohibited.
  • The entries should convincingly answer the questions such as how it will be helpful in solving energy-related issues/problems.
  • An Expert Panel constituted by RGIPT, will evaluate the submitted write-ups.


Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded. In addition consolation prizes will be awarded for each theme. E-certificates will be given to all participants.

Along with Cash prize, 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner will also get an opportunity of 2-3 months internship at RGIPT in their field of interest. The travel and accommodation expenses for internship will be borne by RGIPT.

Cash Prizes

  • 1st Prize: Rs. 30,000/-
  • 2nd Prize: Rs. 20,000/-
  • 3rd Prize: Rs. 10,000/-
  • Consolation Prizes for each theme: Rs. 5,000/-

Award Ceremony

Date of the award ceremony: Will be announced later

Winners Announcement: 10th January, 2021 (will be uploaded on the website). Winners will also be informed through E-mail.

Technical Panel

AI, ML, IOT Application in Petroleum Industry

External Members
  • Mr. Nandan Mishra, Algo-8
  • Mr. Parardha Sabhapandit, Geozone Service Supervisor, Weatherford, Dubai, UAE
  • Mr. Milaap Goud, CMD, Knaamp Drilling Fluid Services Private Limited
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Satish Kumar Sinha, Dr. Shivanjali Sharma, Dr. Amit Saxena, Dr. Amit Kumar, Dr. Roopa Manjunatha (EIB)

Unconventional/Renewable Energy Resources

External Members
  • Dr. Debesh Patra, Executive Director (Planning), BPCL
  • Mr. Milaap Goud, CMD, Knaamp Drilling Fluid Services Private Limited
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Atul Sharma, Dr. Alok Kumar Singh, Dr. Gunjan Kumar Agrahari, Dr. Amit Ranjan, Dr. Naveen Mani Tripathi, Dr. Sabyasachi Pramanik, Dr.Shailesh Kumar, Dr.Hemant Kumar Singh, Dr.Piyush Sarkar

Automation in Energy Sector

External Members
  • Mr. Ganesh Bhat, General Manager, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, Mangaluru, India
  • Mr. Vinay Pandey, Senior Technical Lead, Autonomous Driving, Mercedes Benz Research & Development India, Bangalore.
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Sajal Agarwal, Dr. Shivanshu Shrivastava, Dr. Ravi Shaw, Dr. Abhishek Kumar Singh, Dr. Chinmayee Hazarika (AEI), Dr. M. Chakkarapani (AEI), Dr. Vivek Kumar

Energy Storage & Utilization

External Members
  • Dr. Akarsha Shrivastava, Engineer Scientist, Honeywell
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Amit Ranjan, Dr. Naveen Mani Tripathi, Dr. Sabyasachi Pramanik, Dr. T Basu, Dr. J Karthikeyan, Dr. A Aijaz, Dr. Milan Kumar, Dr. Sivasankari Sundaram (EIB), Dr. Hakeem Niyas(EIB), Dr. Debasis De (EIB)

Strategies for CO2 Capture and Utilization

External Members
  • Dr. Sameer Singh, Jubilant Lifesciences Ltd.
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Dr. V. S. Sistla, Dr. Amit Ranjan, Dr. Naveen Mani Tripathi, Dr. Sabyasachi Pramanik, Dr. Vipin Amoli, Dr. A Aijaz, Dr. D Panda, Dr. Shikha Singh

Waste to Energy

External Members
  • Dr. Akarsha Shrivastava, Engineer Scientist, Honeywell
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Gunjan Kumar Agrahari, Dr. Shweta, Dr. Koushik G. Biswas, Dr. Naveen Mani Tripathi, Dr. Sabyasachi Pramanik, Dr. D Panda, Dr. Bhaskor Jyoti Bora (EIB)

Energy Policies and Climate Changes

External Members
  • Mr. Arun Singhal, Chief Editor, DEW Journal and Mr. Biswajit Roy, Ex-Director (HR), Oil India Limited
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Naveen Mani Tripathi, Dr. Sabyasachi Pramanik

Cyber Security in Energy Sector

External Members
  • Mrs. Farha Naaz, Senior Software Developer, Amazon
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Daya Sagar Gupta, Dr. Gargi Srivastava

Zero Waste Energy

External Members
  • Mr. Sujay Karmakar, Additional General Manager, NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance (NETRA)
Internal Members (RGIPT)

Dr. Shweta, Dr. Shikha Singh