Research cannot be bound in hierarchy, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar today said as he launched an initiative where technology students in institutions across the country would rack their brains to come up with solutions to problems faced by Central ministries, the first initiative of its kind. “There can’t be research in hierarchy. Only promotions happen in hierarchy,” Javaekar said emphasising that freedom and inquisitiveness is needed for innovation.
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He was speaking at the launch of ‘Smart India Hackathon’ 2017, a 36-hour non stop digital competition in which thousands of students from educational institutions across the country would work on 500 problem statements received from over a dozen ministries and come up with solutions.
Addressing the students present, Javadekar said that tapping the potential of the youth is the key and he has complete faith that they would be able to solve these problems.
Emphasising on the importance of innovation he said that new thinking is required and highlighted online registration in hospitals likle AIIMS as examples. The world is changing at an amazing pace, he said.
Javadekar, however, rued that even when India was referred to as an “IT superpower”, it has not come up with giants like facebook, twitter, linkedin, Whatsaapp, google or Windows even when some Indian must have been involved in their coming up.
Such innovative entities should come up in India now and for this youth has to be encouraged, the HRD minister said.
Javadekar also announced that a MOOCS platform will soon come up which will spread education far and wide into the country.
As he spoke on the need for innovation, Javadekar said “after yesterday’s surgical strike on blackmoney, social media is abuzz with innovative quips on the issue.” AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe said that a Hackathon which had been organised in Pune, where students solved problems of the municipal bodies through digital solutions had come to notice.
The idea now is to take this concept nationwide, he said.
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