This Hackathon is not only on digital solution, it also has a hardware part: HRD Minister

Bhubaneswar: “This year Hackathon has a feature. It is not only about digital solution, this Hackathon also consists of hardware part. Hardware is where India lacks. We must fill that gap and this generation can do that. It’s an open invitation for innovation” said Hon’ble HRD Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar through video conferencing during inaugural of Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 in which C.V. Raman College of Engineering is one of the 23 nodal centers to conduct the non-stop 36 hours programme.
Smart India Hackathon is a joint initiative of Ministry of HRD and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) basically aimed at addressing grass root level problems of the country through the innovations of young brains of India. This year 340 problems of various departments of the Govt are identified for which 10,300 students are selected across India to participate in the 36 hour hackathon in 23 nodal centers.
CV Raman College of Engineering is the only nodal center of the state where 352 students and 80 mentors participated to solve given 9 problems related to Ministry of Skill Development. Attending the programme in CV Raman College of Engineering Chief Secretary of MHRD, R Subramaniyam inaugurated the first full-fledged Mechatronics with Industry 4.0 Training kit. The training kit is equipped with IoT, RFID, active Cockpit, HMI, CNC Technology and Second Generation PLC.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of CV Raman College of Engineering Sanjeev Rout expressed his humble thankfulness towards the MHRD and AICTE for considering their college as a venue for the noble cause and said, “we are not only happy to host this but also committed towards conducting such programmes where innovation is the solution for positive changes”. It should be noted, CV Raman College of Engineering was the winner of last year’s hackathon for venue management.
The intent behind this government initiative was to identify new and disruptive digital technology innovation for solving the challenges faced by the country. This initiative aimed to institutionalize a platform for harnessing the creativity and technical expertise of several million students for direct benefit of the nation. Twenty Seven Central Government Ministry of India and 18 State Governments participated in this event. Each department identified few problem statements to which students participated to provide innovative, sustainable digital solutions. This novel effort by the Government of India was to involve young students in proposing solutions for problems faced by Departments in day-to-day functioning.