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Smart India Hackathon 2018 commences at CGC Landra

March 30, 2018 06:46 PM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: The grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 (SIH2018) - Software edition kicked off at Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) Landran today. The event was declared open by Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, via video, at all nodal centers including CGC Landran.

CGC Landran is the venue for covering problem statements of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare this year. It is hosting 350-plus students of 44 teams from across India to demonstrate their technical expertise to come up with IT-based solutions for six problems faced by agrarian community and sector and come up with viable solutions to uplift farmers and farming techniques.

Addressing the participants Shri Prakash Javadekar, who declared SIH18 open, Minister of Human Resource Development, said how young minds which are the future of India can inculcate the culture of innovation and help solve country’s gravest issues. He also added that SIH2018, the biggest event in the country provided students a platform to come up with not just software innovations but those in the hardware spectrum as well, which is where the country is lacking right now.

Dr M.P. Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE, graced the inaugural ceremony at CGC Landran as Chief Guest. He addressed the participants and challenged them to come up with solutions for the farming community especially in how their incomes can be doubled parallel to agri-production. He also termed SIH2018 as being part of AICTE’s efforts at revamping technical education in the country. These reforms include refurbishing the existing curriculum of the technical education, making a policy for training of technical educators, mandating industry internships for students of technical education institutes and encouraging more practical, application based activities to enhance students’ overall skills in the technical field. He further added how through such huge platforms, AICTE and Government of India, aim to make engineering graduates of India the best in the world who contribute to solving problems of not just their own country but those faced by other countries as well and make their country proud.

Dr. Anand Deshpande, Co-Chair, AICTE, Smart India Hackathon also addressed the participants across all nodal centers in the country followed by Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE who termed SIH18 as adding great value to students, providing them the opportunity to work as teams and solve real world problems. He called SIH2018 as a perfect and most progressive collaboration of public, private, educational and industry sectors.

The two day event will see participants code for 36 continuous hours. The winners will be declared and felicitated tomorrow.


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