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Smart India hackathon 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: NEP will transform job seekers into job creators, says PM Modi

PM Modi Smart India Hackathon 2020, PM Narendra Modi Speech Today HIGHLIGHTS: PM interacts live with students, says I am more curious to know from you and asks students about their innovation.

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 1, 2020 8:16:38 pm
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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.”

Read | ‘India shifting from burden of school bags to boon of learning’: PM Modi on NEP

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.”

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Smart India Hackathon HIGHLIGHTS: PM to address students and discuss the new national education policy

18:29 (IST)01 Aug 2020
NEP will make study experience more fruitful: PM

NEP aims at making your school, college, and university experience fruitful, broad-based, and one that guides you to your natural passions. It works on a new approach. The approach of the 21st century, says PM.

18:09 (IST)01 Aug 2020
A huge population in India has degrees but still feel unsatisfied, under confident: PM

You must have observed around you that even today, students are judged based on the subject in which they do not even have an interest. Often, under the pressure of parents, relatives, and friends - students tend to opt for subjects that others have selected. This approach has resulted in a huge population which is education, has degrees but they still feel underconfident, feel incomplete. The NEP aims to change this approach, says PM.

18:04 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Hackathon is neither the first nor last problem you solved: PM

This Hackathon is not the first problem you have tried to solve. Nor is this the last. I want you, and youngsters like you to not stop doing three things: Learning, Questioning, Solving. When you learn, you get the wisdom to question: PM

18:02 (IST)01 Aug 2020
NEP aims to increase enrollment ration to 50% by 2035
17:54 (IST)01 Aug 2020
New Education Policy will convert job seekers into job creators: PM

The New Education Policy (NEP) will make job seekers, job creators. It will work towards changing our mindsets, reform our approach, says PM

17:50 (IST)01 Aug 2020
There is no challenge that our youth cannot solve, says Modi

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, says PM.

17:46 (IST)01 Aug 2020
I have believed in India's youth: PM

I have always believed in the youth of the country. When the demand for face shields grew suddenly bt exponentially, the youth used 3D printers and fulfilled the need.... India's youth is the energy of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat, says PM.

17:45 (IST)01 Aug 2020
NEP integrates local with global

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, says PM

17:40 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Focus on what you want to learn not what society wants you to: PM

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, says PM 

17:37 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Learn, Question, Solve: PM to youth

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, says PM to students.

17:35 (IST)01 Aug 2020
This is era of knowledge, learning, innovations: PM

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, says PM

17:33 (IST)01 Aug 2020
NEP is not a policy is compilation of aspirations of all Indians

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.

17:31 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Focus on quality education: PM

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, says PM

17:22 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Students create tech to ensure wise investment decision, PM aks would it work for govt?

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. The PM enquired whether this would have applications in government also?

17:09 (IST)01 Aug 2020
I will connect you to IPS training institute to ensure dialogue, PM to students

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, said Modi to a MLR Institute student who created products to help police.

17:04 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Can you create a real-time tracking and alert system?, asks PM

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.

17:01 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Students like you strengthen idea of Ek Bharat Srestha Bharat: PM

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

16:57 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Awareness about women's hygiene came late in India

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.

16:54 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Data-driven healthcare solutions can help provide affordable solutions to poor

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.

16:49 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Effective, interactive and people friendly

To make our facilities, effective, interactive and people-friendly, Artificial Intelligence can be a huge facilitator, says PM to students

Smart India Hackathon HIGHLIGHTS: This year, over 4.5 lakh entries had flown in for the hackathon. A huge leap from 50,000 applications in 2017. Themes or areas in which innovative solutions were invited for this year’s competition included robotics and drones, waste management, clean water, renewable energy, miscellaneous, smart communication, healthcare and biomedical devices among others.