Manipal, December 20th 2023 – The Smart India Hackathon 2023, organized by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, and the Institutions Innovation Council at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal, commenced with a grand inauguration ceremony. The event was graced by the presence of Lt General Dr. MD Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor of MAHE, who delivered an inspiring address.
During his speech, Lt General Dr. MD Venkatesh emphasized the profound impact of the educational institutions founded by Dr. TMA Pai 75 years ago. These institutions were established with the noble mission of addressing key societal challenges such as illiteracy, poverty, and ill-health. He highlighted that the United Nations’ sustainable development goals of 2017 align closely with Dr. Pai’s vision. The region of erstwhile South Canara, where these institutions are located, saw remarkable progress with high-quality healthcare services, low infant mortality rates, maternal mortality rates, and high literacy rates, setting a benchmark for the nation.
Lt General Dr. Venkatesh also echoed the words of the Prime Minister, recognizing the potential of Indian youth to solve global issues. He welcomed participants from across the country to MIT, known for its warm hospitality, meticulous planning, and a welcoming spirit. The Smart India Hackathon 2023 will focus on finding innovative solutions to problem statements provided by the Ayush department, Gujarat government, and Kerala government. A total of 22 teams hailing from various states, including Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, have converged at MIT for this intensive five-day hackathon.
Highlighting MIT’s commitment to quality education, Lt General Dr. Venkatesh expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education, AICTE, and the innovation council for recognizing MIT’s capabilities. He encouraged the participants to develop solutions that have a lasting impact and the potential to contribute to the betterment of humanity. He also mentioned the possibility of some solutions being directed towards the medical device development hub funded by the Government of India.
Dr. Anil Rana, Director of MIT, Dr. Cyril Joseph, Single Mode of Contact, Kamal Singh and Poonam, Assistant Directors from the AICTE Education Ministry, Dr. Somashekhar Bhat, Joint Director of MIT, and other dignitaries were present at the inauguration ceremony.
The Smart India Hackathon 2023 promises to be an exciting platform for young innovators to collaborate, ideate, and develop transformative solutions that address real-world challenges. MIT, as one of the nodal centers, remains at the forefront of fostering innovation and excellence in education, contributing to India’s development.