Anant National University

QED is a national-level design contest for young ‘solutionaries’ organised by India’s first Design University, Anant National University, with prizes worth Rs 5 lakhs to be won. The contest has three stages and the final stage will be held at Anant National University’s expansive campus in Ahmedabad.

The contest has been receiving an overwhelming response from across the country from students as well as young professionals. Thirty student entries have been shortlisted for the next round. We are still accepting applications from young professionals for the preliminary round.


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Design (Stage 3)


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India's 1st Design University

Anant National University (AnantU), located in a lush green campus in Ahmedabad, is the India’s first Design University. It is committed to nurturing Solutionaries, people who are revolutionary in their thinking, but solution-oriented in their approach. It is committed to changing the discourse in design education by making it multidisciplinary, industry-relevant, and with a focus on sustainability and design thinking.

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Why QED?

We firmly believe that design thinkers have the ability to work across sectors and find creative solutions to some of the most critical contemporary problems. This contest has caught the attention of students and young professionals from across the country, with a huge number of participants sending in their entries.

We have CLOSED the student entries for the first round and have shortlisted thirty student entries for the next round.

The preliminary round for young professionals’ applications is STILL OPEN. Last date of application is 15th April 2020.


Anant National University congratulates the 30 student participants of QED who have made it to the 2nd round.

Name Age City
Aara Jani and Team 11 Ahmedabad
Adarsh Malpeddiwar and Team 23 Bangalore
Anuya Desai and Team 20 Mumbai
Apoorva Prakash and Team 23 Mumbai
Ashok Kumar and Team 24 Bangalore
Atharv Reddy and Team 14 Hyderabad
Balaramakrishnan SB and Team 18 Coimbatore
Jainam Surti 21 Surat
Madhusoothanan S and Team 18 Coimbatore
Merul Dhiman 17 Chandigarh
Naman Bhaskar and Team 15 Patna
P.Dharanee dharan 21 Coimbatore
Paramjit Kaur and Team 12 Barnala
Riddhi Joshi 11 Kalyan
Saksham Sharma 12 Ghaziabad
Samarpan Deb Majumder 22 Kolkata
Sameer Yadav and Team 15 Alwar
Sanjit Muralikrishnan and Team 15 Mumbai
Saurav Yadav and Team 13 Alwar
Shreya Kothawale and Team 23 Pune
Shreyanshu Pandey 18 Raebareli
Shrushti Prajapati and Team 18 Vapi
Sparsh and Team 15 Patna
Sudeshna Rana 25 Kolkata
Suraj Kumar Gupta 17 Siliguri
Tanishq 19 Ahmedabad
Urooj Iqbal 21 Gwalior
Utsav Anand 17 Patna
Vijay Kumar and Team 25 Bangalore
Vyyom sharma 13 Ghaziabad

Contest Stages

After the conclusion of the first stage of the preliminary round, thirty student participants have been shortlisted, who are required to submit a short essay of 1000 - 1500 words for the next round.

  1. The essay should explain different aspects of the participants’ prototype/solution.
  2. The essay should include a detailed account of the workings of the prototype/solution and the materials used.
  3. It should also explain the impact of the design on the identified problem.
  4. Participants should include photographs, drawings of the proposed model with their essay.

The solutions will be evaluated on the basis of the impact on society, sustainability, scalability and other relevant aspects. The shortlisted participants are required to submit their essays on or before 1st April, 2020 at

Young professionals participating in the contest can start by filling this Google form!

Participants should:

  1. Identify the problem
  2. Propose a solution
  3. Make a 2 min video describing the problem and the solution
  4. Write a 1000-1500 essay on the solution (prototype/design). Explain how your prototype can help solve the problem.
  5. Attach drawings, photographs or any other relevant documents that can support your proposed solution.

The solutions will be evaluated on the basis of the impact on society, sustainability, scalability and other relevant aspects.

Last date of application is 15th April 2020.


Selected participants will be invited to visit AnantU campus to design a prototype of their solution with the help of our esteemed faculty. The best design solutions will be awarded and taken up further for production.

Event: 20-21 April 2020

Winners will be awarded prizes worth
₹ 75000/- for the first position
₹ 50000/- for the second position
₹ 25000/- for the third position

All other participants of Stage 3 will be awarded prizes worth ₹ 7500/- each!


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. All final stage participants will be given 3-tier AC train tickets (to and fro). They will be allotted rooms on a twin-sharing basis. You are also free to make alternate arrangements for travel and stay.

Anant National University will sponsor travel and accommodation for all the participants shortlisted for Stage 3: Design. 3 Tier AC train tickets will be booked by the university’s travel desk. All participants will be allotted two-sharing rooms in the university’s hostel. If the participant wishes to opt for any other mode of travel or accommodation, they may do so at their own expense.

The final stage of the contest will be a 2-day long design fest held at the AnantU campus in Ahmedabad.

You can bring your parent or friend along if you wish so. However, AnantU shall not bear their transport or accommodation expenses..

You can go solo or be in groups of two or three.

If you are a school student, your group can have one or more classmates or friends of the same age group. College students and working professionals can have one or more friends or colleagues that fall under the age group of 18-26