The third edition (Hardware) of Smart India Hackathon 2019 (SIH 19) by union ministry of HRD that commenced on 8th and will conclude on 12th July 2019, is underway at 18 nodal centres in the country. KIET Group of Institutions, Ghaziabad, which is a nodal centre of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow in North India is one of them.
The five-day gala event, inaugurated by Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, union HRD minister , is witnessing innovative hardware solutions by students to problem statements submitted by more than 40 industries and nine central government ministries and departments. The problems are broadly based on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food Technology, Waste management, Clean Water, Renewable Energy, Healthcare & Biomedical devices, Smart Vehicles, Robotics and Drones, Security & Surveillance, Smart Communication, Sports and Fitness, Sustainable Environment, Smart Textile, Smart Cities areas.
Depending upon nature of problem, cash prizes for selected ideas and solutions will be given to participating teams. For simple problems Rs. 50000, for complicate problems Rs. 75000 and for complex problems Rs. 1 lakh will be awarded.
Around 1.2 lac participants have submitted their innovative ideas with their projects at the initial level. Finally, 200 best ideas were shortlisted and made it through into the Grand Finale. The KIET Group centre is playing host to 92 participants from 14 colleges from 10 different states who are working non- stop 24 hrs a day for 5 days to resolve the problems given by Indian Oil & Textile Ministry. The problems are categorized in three groups simple, complicated & complex and experts from different parts of the nation will evaluate the participants. In addition, there are design mentors and judges from industry/academia to judg e and undertake evaluations on a regular basis for the entire duration
Dr. A Garg, Director, KIET Group of Institutions who addressed the participants at the inaugural ceremony commented, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship are at the peak in India. In order to make development a comprehensive mass movement and innovate on all fronts, MHRD, AICTE, i4c and Persistent Systems have come together to organize Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019 and we are proud to support this initiative with other top institutes of India.”
The institute is equipped with all the advanced machines & devices like 3D Printers, Soldering Stations, Electronic Prototype components, Casting Materials, Lathe Machine, Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) Machine, High and Industrial Grade VMC (Vertical Machining Centre) machine, Rubber Composite, and others that are mandatorily needed to organize the event on the campus.
Pokhriyal, the union HRD Minister in his centralized teleconference address inaugural address had said that in New India, the participation of female candidates is enthusiastic this year, the ratio of male and female is 1.6:1. He congratulated the students participating and officials of HRD Ministry and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for this grand initiative for the betterment of the country.