PM addresses SIH-2020 Grand Finale

PM addresses SIH-2020 Grand Finale

New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Grand Finale of the largest ever online hackathon in the world – Smart India Hackathon (Software) – 2020 held through video-conference on Saturday.

Interacting with the participants, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that students are working on several solutions to the challenges being faced by the country. Along with providing solutions to the problems, it also strengthens India’s aspirations regarding Data, Digitization and Hi-tech Future. Acknowledging that in the fast paced 21st century, India needs to swiftly change itself to continue playing an effective role, the PM said that the necessary ecosystem is being built in the country for Innovation, research, design, development and entrepreneurship. He asserted that aim is to make India’s education more modern, and to create opportunities for talent.

Speaking on the New education policy, the PM said that it was drafted keeping in mind the thoughts, needs, hopes and aspirations of 21st century youth. This is not just a policy document but also a reflection of aspirations of more than 130 crore Indians, he added. He said “Even today many children feel that they are judged on the basis of a subject in which they have no interest. Due to the pressure from parents, relatives, friends etc children are forced to pursue the subjects chosen by others. This has resulted in a large population. which is well-educated, but most of what they have read, is not useful for them.”  He highlighted that New Education Policy seeks to change this approach by bringing a systematic reform in India’s education system and attempts to transform both Intent and Content of education. He said that NEP focuses on Learning, Research and Innovation to make the school, college and university experience: Fruitful, Broad-based and one that guides to one’s natural passions.

PM addresses SIH-2020 Grand Finale

Quoting Baba Saheb Ambedkar that education should be accessible to all, PM said that this education policy is also dedicated to his idea of accessible education. National Education Policy is big on access to education, starting from primary education. He said the policy aims to increase Gross Enrolment Ratio in Higher Education to 50 percent by 2035.  He added this education policy emphasizes on creating job creators rather than job seekers. That is, in a way an attempt to bring reform in our mindset and in our approach.

 PM said while the Policy focuses on Local, equal emphasis has been laid on global integration. Top Global Institutions have been encouraged to open campuses in India. This will benefit Indian youth in getting world class exposure and opportunities, and help them prepare for global competition as well.  This will also help in building world-class institutions in India, making India a hub of global education.

PM addresses SIH-2020 Grand Finale

Earlier, the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the Grand Finale of 4th edition of Smart India Hackathon (Software) – 2020 virtually in New Delhi. Minister of State for HRD, Sanjay Dhotre, Secretary, Higher Education Amit Khare, Chairman AICTE Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chief Innovation Officer Dr Abhay Jere were present on the occasion.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Pokhriyal said that an over whelming response from more than 4.5 lakh students was received in the first round of this year’s competition. This Hackathon is the World’s biggest open innovation model involving more than 4.5 lakh students, 2000+ educational institutions, 1000+ mentors, 1500+ evaluators, 70+ problem submitting agencies including central ministries, state govt departments, and private industries thereby having true PPP model. This type of model exists nowhere in the world where simultaneously such large number of students would be participating.


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