Smart India Hackathon: NEP will transform job seekers into job creators, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi (NVI): The New Education Policy (NEP) is not just a policy but a compilation of aspirations of all the Indians. It will convert job seekers into job creators, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while interacting with the finalists of the Smart India Hackathon via video conferencing.

The hackathon, being held from August 1 to 3, is a nationwide initiative to provide students with 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.

PM Modi interacted with the students and inquired about their projects ranging from women’s hygiene products to crime detection technologies to water harvesting.

“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,” he said.

The Smart India Hackathon, held by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), was inaugurated by HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.

Each winning team across the themes will get Rs 1 lakh. The competition will take place virtually this year. It had started in 2017 and this is its fourth edition. This year, over 4.5 lakh entries were received for the competition.

The Prime Minister during his address also 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 further added, “The NEP is keen on keen on inclusion, right from primary education. In higher education, the aim is to increase gross enrolment ratio to 50 percent by 2035.”