Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday interacted with the finalists of the hackathon through video conferencing. Students from various colleges including The hackathon is being organised by the HRD ministry’s All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Persistent Systems and i4c. The Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2020 (Software) will be held from August 1 to 3. The hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with the a platform to solve some of the pressing problems people face in daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving. Students from Shri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Tamil Nadu, MLR Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, JECRC University, Jaipur, Graphic Era University, Dehradun and Chandigarh Engineering College interacted with the PM and discussed about their innovative ideas.
PM Modi later spoke about the New Education Policy that was launched on July 29. He said that it took 5 years to plan and draft the NEP 2020. Opinions and suggestions were taken from people in different sectors, before drafting the policy. He said that the new education policy is people-centric and future- centric. Talking about the flexibility to chose subjects from any stream, he said, it was much needed. “Earlier, students were not allowed to chose subjects as per their interest but the NEP provides the flexibility to an arts students to chose Maths along with the humanities subjects or a Science student can chose to study History along with the other subjects. He also talked about the introduction of regional and local languages in primary schools. He said that majority of the developed countries instruct their students in their own local language. With the inclusion of regional languages in schools, students will be well-versed with their own regional or local languages and know about the rich and diverse variety of languages in India.
New Education Policy: Provisions for multiple entries and exit important
In the national education policy, flexibility has been given to great importance. There are provisions for multiple entries and exits. It won’t just be a small lane for students, PM Modi said
Introduction of regional languages in school education will be helpful:
PM Modi said that India has a variety of regional & local languages. Students of our country should learn about the rich culture and languages of India. Most of the developed countries teach their students in their own local language.
Flexibility to choose different subjects was much needed:
The flexibility to choose subjects from various streams in one course was much needed, said the PM. After the implementation of New Education Policy, students will be able to choose their own subjects from any stream – humanities, science, commerce or vocational as per their interest.
New Education Policy is people- centric and future-centric:
The new education policy is people- centric and future-centric, PM Narendra Modi said.
Students should never stop doing three things – Learning, questioning and solving:
PM Modi said that students should never stop doing three things – Learning, question and solving. “When you learn you get the wisdom, when you question, you get out of the box methods to solve them,” he added.
New Education Policy is framed as per the need of students’ interest:
Earlier, students did not get to choose the subjects they are interested in. Even after achieving a number of degrees, students were not satisfied. This new education policy aims to transform the education system according to the interest of students, PM Modi said.
It took 5 years to draft New Education Policy:
New Education Policy was drafted after discussing with people from all sectors for last five years, the PM said.
Education System should focus on 21st century life skills:
Education system has to be modified in order to focus on enhancing 21st century life skills among students, PM Modi said while talking about the New Education Policy at the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon
Smart India Hackathon: PM asks a finalist to build real-time tracking system for schools
PM asks a student from MLR institute that can he 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.
Smart India Hackathon: Will ask the people of IPS Training Institute to interact with team
Impressed by the ideas shared by the team of MLR Institute of Technology, Hyderabad that were mainly focussed on helping the police personnel in crime reduction, PM Modi said that he will ask some people of IPS Training Institute in Hyderabad to call your team and have a dialogue on these ideas. He asked the students to Interact with them to share their innovative ideas.
Smart India Hackathon: Student of MLRIT builds realtime facial recognition system
Real-time based facial recognition. Even if we cover our face, the AI will recognise the eyes, the space between the eyes and nose which do not change, said a student of MLR Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.
Smart India Hackathon: Reusable Sanitary Napkin
A student is working towards reusable and bio-degradable sanitary napkin. PM Modi said, “Government is providing a sanitary pad at Rs 1 each. With the introduction of reusable sanitary napkin will be of great help to the girls. I congratulate you for being so thoughtful.”
A finalist has planned to prepare rainfall prediction system
With the help of satellite, a rainfall prediction model will be prepared, said a finalist. PM Modi appreciated the step and said that it will be of great help to the farmers also.