Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Smart India Hackathon of All India Council for Technical Education at 4:30 PM today. He will also interact with students on the occasion. Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon-2020 (Software) will be held till 3rd of August.
AIR correspondent reports that this is the fourth edition of the hackathon organised by HRD Ministry and it has proved to be extremely successful in promoting out-of-the-box thinking in young minds.
Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives. The first edition of Smart India Hackathon 2017 saw participation of 42 thousand students which increased to one lakh in 2018 and to two lakh in 2019. The first round of Smart India Hackathon 2020 saw participation of more than four lakh 50 thousand students.
The Grand Finale will be organized online by connecting all the participants throughout the nation together over a specially-built advanced platform. Over ten thousand students will compete to solve 243 problem statements from 37 Central Government departments, 17 State Governments and 20 industries.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister will also speak on the new National Education Policy 2020. Recently, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the National Education Policy 2020 making way for large scale, transformational reforms in both school and higher education sectors. This new policy will replace the thirty four year old National Policy on Education 1986.