Kaif Ali, a student of Jamia Milia Islamia’s Architecture Faculty, has bagged the prestigious Commonwealth Secretary-General Innovation Award for Sustainable Development-2021.
Kaif is the only Indian among 15 awardees from 54 Commonwealth countries. He has been awarded for his contribution in mitigating the impact of COVID-19, refugee shelter crisis and climate change. Each winner will receive prize money of £3,000 (approximately Rs 3,00,000) and a trophy with an opportunity to enhance their innovation in collaboration with partners and maters in the Commonwealth.
Kaif has invented low-cost portable housing in case of COVID-19, earthquake, and flood. His designs have been recognized by the United Nations as one of the top 11 emerging innovation start-ups solving climate challenges.
JMI Vice-Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar has congratulated Kaif. “We hope that this will inspire other students of the university to work hard, think out of the box and contribute to nation-building, “she said.
During the Covid pandemic, Kaif worked to find out how architecture could stop the spread of viral disease. He designed a prefabricated permanent shelter, Space Era, that will not only help reduce the transmission of the virus but will also provide housing facilities to refugees around the world.
“Winning the Commonwealth Innovation Award lifts my confidence to the next level and motivates me to work harder to innovate solutions for a sustainable future. I pledge to become the voice of the youth transforming the Commonwealth and to Be the Change!”, Kaif said.
Source: Awaz The Voice