PM Modi Smart India Hackathon 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: 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). He interacted with students and enquired about their projects ranging from women’s hygiene products to crime detection technologies to water harvesting. This year, over 4.5 lakh entries were received for the competition.
After interacting with students, PM also talked about the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020. He said that the NEP is not just a policy but a compilation of aspirations of all the Indians. It will convert job seekers into job creators. He gave a mantra to students and said, “never stop three things in life – learning, questioning and solving.”
The Smart India Hackathon began at 9 am when the 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.
During his address last year, the PM had said, “Innovation has the power to overcome the challenges our world faces.” He had also added, “Governments alone cannot bring about changes. What brings about change is participative governance.”