Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon — a nation-wide competition held by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). This year, over 4.5 lakh entries were received for the competition.
The Smart India Hackathon began at 9 am when the Education Minister (formerly known as HRD Minister) Ramesh Pokhriyal inaugurated it. Each winning team across the themes will get Rs 1 lakh. In the hackathon, candidates were to create solutions for real-world problems. The competition will take place virtually this year. It had started in 2017 and this is its fourth edition.
PM Modi began the address by saying “Holding this competition in these circumstances was the first challenge which you have solved. The challenges which you have been working on, I am curious to know about them. To make our facilities, effective, interactive and people-friendly, Artificial Intelligence can be a huge facilitator.”
“Students from MGM College of Engineering and Technology, Ernakulam, Kerala created a virtual assistant which can help patients in incubators. PM congratulated these students and said, with data-driven solutions, healthcare solutions are creating a huge change. Poorest of poor and remotest of areas are getting affordable services because of such technologies and this is our aim under Ayushman Bharat Yojna.”
“Awareness about women’s hygiene has come really late in India. In the past six years, women are doing efforts towards this. Govt is providing affordable biodegradable pads to women, said Modi while talking about a reusable menstrual hygiene product for women.”
“Sitting in Ernakulam, you are creating products to solve problems for people in the North East. This gives power to the idea of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, says Modi while discussing one of the students who created a solution to improve issues of low connectivity”
“Can you create a real-time tracking and alert system which can integrate schools, offices with police control rooms to ensure the safety of women, and children?, PM asks a student from MLR institute who created a solution to reduce crime. I will ask IPS training institute to connect with you and then you give your presentation to these people. You should interact with people on the field and this will help you make your product user friendly and make it better reaching”
“A team of students created a data-driven solution to increase the performance of corporates. Students claim that their product would enable more informed investment decisions. Would this have applications in government too?”
“Mission of creating institute of eminence, initiatives like smart India Hackathon, more scholarships for students – all these initiatives are aimed to ensure our education system becomes modern and and progressive. It took five years to discuss and debate each aspect and then the new education policy (NEP) was released. This policy, in the true sense, has all the aspirations of all the Indians. 21st century is an era of knowledge, It is time to focus on learning, innovation, and knowledge. This is what NEP does. It works to make your school and college experience fruitful. Do not stop three things – Learn, Question, Solve. Learn so you can question things, question and you will be able to create solutions. When you solve problems and make efforts, with your efforts, your grow and with you India grows. Focus is on what student wants to learn rather than what society expects from you. In the NEP, flexibility has been given great importance. There are provisions of multiple entries and exits. No one way street for students. Such flexibility was long needed in our education system. I am happy that NEP could work on this aspect. NEP focuses on local and integrates it with global. Where we talk about boosting our local culture and languages, NEP also allows top foreign institutes to set-up campuses in India. This will help in creating India a global hub.”
“I have always believed in the youth of the country. When the demand for face shields grew suddenly but exponentially, the youth used 3D printers and fulfilled the need. India’s youth is the energy of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat.”
“To give a better life and ease of living to the poor and economically weaker section of the society, the youth has played an important rile. I believe that there is no challenge that our youth cannot solve.”
“The New Education Policy (NEP) will make job seekers, job creators. It will work towards changing our mindsets, reform our approach”