Kolkata: A total of 14 teams from seven states, including West Bengal, are participating in the week-long Hardware Edition of Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019 being held in the IIT Kharagpur campus.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the SIH 2019 across 18 nodal centres including IIT Kharagpur on July 8 through video conferencing, a statement released by the institute said on Tuesday.
The seven states participating in the Smart India Hackathon (SIH) being held in IIT Kharagpur are Assam, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal.
Ninety-three students from 14 teams, are at work solving challenges for a smart vehicle, smart communication, security and surveillance in the SIH, the statement said.
The students are expected to bring out technology-based, easy, workable solutions through “out-of-the-box- thinking”, which will lead to commercial products to develop start-ups.
“There are many areas where the country is looking for viable solutions and I am really happy to see a large number of young talents are coming forward to take up those challenges, to think differently as to how solutions to these problems can be given, and that’s what is very important,” Prof S K Bhattacharyya, Director (Officiating) of IIT KGP said.
All students passing out of the undergraduate courses shall be imparted technical and soft skills required for working in the industry encompassing – managerial skills, entrepreneurial skills, leadership skills, communication skills, team-working skills and technical skills. There shall be efforts at every level for promoting innovation and creativity in the students. The state will promote drives like Hackathon so that innovative ideas emerge.
Every teacher in each of the technical education disciplines shall mandatorily undergo an annual refresher course delivered through SWAYAM portal, encapsulating all the major advances in the field of their study. Online courses will be prepared and delivered through the SWAYAM platform for improving the pedagogical techniques of the teachers. The participation in the courses by at least 50% of the faculty will be a mandatory condition for approval of the institution. Similarly, there should be leadership training to the heads of the institutions once in 2 years. The SWAYAM platform will host the training, too.
At least half of all the programmes in the technical institutions shall be accredited by the NBA before 2022. Unless there is credible progress each year, the approval of the institutions can be refused. In order to assist the institutions in meeting the mandatory requirements for applying for accreditation, a separate mechanism will be put in place.