Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU) today hosted the commencement of the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2019 Hardware edition. The Smart India Hackathon 2019 is being organized by the Human Resource Development Ministry, Govt of India, and HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal inaugurated the event from Delhi. Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU), Jaipur is one of the 18 nodal centers hosting the national level competition. The 18 centers include institutes like IITs, NITs, BSDU and top engineering colleges across India. The chief guest at the event was Mr. Rajiv Arora- Vice President, Pradesh Congress Committee and among other dignitaries’ present was Deepa Mathur- Awardee of ‘Naari Shakti’ from President Pranab Mukherjee in 2016, Dr. R.L. Raina, Vice Chancellor, JK Lakshmipat University, Mr. Jayant Joshi, MD, RUJ & SRM Mechanics Pvt. Ltd., Prof. Anurag, Professor and Principal Computing Skills, Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU) Jaipur and Chairman of Organising Committee for Smart India Hackathon 2019 along with Brig (Dr.) SS Pabla, President, BSDU.
The Smart India Hackathon, is the world’s largest open hackathon – start India is in its third consecutive year. More than 1.2 lac students from 2235 colleges sent their entries for over 198 problem solving statements which were submitted by over 40 industries and 9 central Government Ministries from various Govt. departments. About 250 teams of 178 different colleges including IITs and NIT’s are participating at the event. All teams, starting today will work continuously till 12th of July when the result will be announced. Winning projects will receive grant. The teams consist of 6 participants and 2 mentors each.
Talking to the students, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister, Human Resource Development, said, “We are seeing a milestone step in New India today. A lot of people are participating and giving their contribution to New India through their innovations. This competition will help not only the students in showcasing their innovations, but also help the country benefit from these technologies. Navachar, that is, innovation should be the country’s motto. We should invent and innovate more and more to develop the country and help it reach to new heights.”
Dr. (Brig.) Surjit Singh Pabla, Vice Chancellor, BSDU, said at the commencement, “We are extremely pleased to be hosting the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon. This completion is giving students a chance to bring their ideas to reality. These young minds are very creative, and they will help improve our country’s future by coming up with smart tech, new innovations, and modern solutions to modern problems. We are witnessing a paradigm shift in technology now, as we are building a foundation for future entrepreneurs, innovators through this mega event”
Bhartiya Skill Development University is a university which is working towards bringing excellence to the skill development process in India by providing an apt environment for proper training, quality infrastructure, and well-designed curriculum to students and making them skilled by training them to be ready to compete at international levels. Students get training under experts and gain experience of working properly with machinery. The university provides practical training to students and follows the 1 students – 1 machine motto to give each individual better training. BSDU works towards providing students training for the manufacturing industry and encourages them to build a career in manufacturing.
This is the third edition of Smart India Hackathon and winners from the previous editions got their projects adopted by Ministries, which are currently under progress. Depending upon the nature of problem, cash prizes for selected ideas and solutions will be given to participating teams. For simple problems Rs. 50,000 will be awarded, for complicated problems Rs. 75000 and for complex problems Rs. 1 lac will be awarded.