Mangaluru, Aug 25: Smart India Hackathon 2022 - the world’s biggest open innovation model by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi began at Sahyadri.
About 200 students from various colleges across India are participating in the hackathon grand finale at the Sahyadri campus for two days to provide the solutions to problem statements listed by the Ministry of Rural Development, government of India in the area of agriculture, food tech, and rural development.
Sahyadri College is one of the 75 nodal centers for SIH pan India. The college is hosting 26 teams with 183 participants from several states across India.
The chief guest of the nodal centre level inaugural function was Dr. Karisiddappa, vice-chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi. The guest of honour was Manjunatha Bhandary MLC, Govt. of Karnataka, President, Bhandary Foundation, Mangaluru and
Anil Kumar, chief operating officer, SKDRDP BC Trust, Dharmastala.
“Participation of young minds has changed the dynamic of our country,” the chief guest Dr Karisiddappa stated. He also showed his gratitude towards the Sahyadri College for hosting such an event. “Innovation and technology should be for the welfare of common people”, the guest of honour Anil Kumar stated.
The local inauguration was followed by the central inaugration for the Smart India Hackathon Grand Finale. The welcome address was given by Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE.
Later, Sunil P P, head, education, space and NPO, AWS India and South Asia (SIH Partner) addressed the gathering. Dr Anand Deshpande; founder & chairman; Persistent Systems, Monika Garg, principal secretary, higher education, Uttar Pradesh, and Minister of State
for Education Dr. Subhas Sarkar also gave their insights. The event ended with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr Abhay Jere, chief innovation officer, MoE, government of India.
Cine actor-director and MP in Rajya Sabha Jaggesh along with his wife Parimala Jaggesh visited the campus and wished the participants luck.
Sadanand Shetty, assistant general manager, Union Bank of India also graced the occasion. “So this is the time where all the participants can showcase their creativity solving problems trivial problems of the society which acts as a step towards Athma Nirbhar Bharat," he said.
Sahyadri is proud to announce that the college has been selected to Interact with PM Modi during the Smart India Hackathon 2022 in a live interaction section scheduled for 8:30 pm on Thursday, August 25.