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Chief Minister inaugurates Gujarat Hackathon-2018, presents ‘Students Start-up’ Awards

    “It’s time for ‘job-seekers’ to become ‘job-givers’ as permanent solution to unemployment”

    “Need to rise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for applying IT+IT=IT (Information Technology + Intelligence Talent = India Tomorrow”

    – Vijay Rupani                                                                                   

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today exhorted the youth to rise to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for applying his slogan ‘Information Technology + Intelligence Talent = India Tomorrow (IT+IT=IT), asking the ‘job-seekers’ to become ‘job-givers’ as permanent solution to unemployment.

    Inaugurating the Gujarat Industrial Hackathon-2018 organised by the Students Start-up & Innovation Policy (SSIP) Cell of the State Higher & Technical Education Departments here, he said the state government now provided liberal incentives in latest experiments and innovative research facilities in various fields, which the previous governments ignored. The number of universities in the state has been increased from eight to over 60 now, including that for Forensic Sciences, Petroleum, Marine and Raksha Shakti, facilitating research for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

    As per the SSIP, he said the State Government has allocated Rs.8.50-crore to 540 students in 74 universities and institutes in the very first year. They are encouraged to find solution to problems in industries, traffic, water and irrigation, in social life.

    Mr. Rupani presented prizes worth Rs.20-lakh to 16 teams with Students Start-up Awards-2018, cash prizes to 6 (six) institutions. He also released ‘IPR Guidelines for the State’s Universities’ and ‘Hackathon Problem Statements’.

    Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said that Gujarat is the first state in the country to present awards for Innovation Challenge and Students Start-up. The Education and Industries Department jointly compiled ‘Students Start-up’ to solve problems of ‘Smart Gujarat for New India Hackathon’. He said the SSIP declared for the five years has received 160 entries for start-ups, 11 for students’ preliminary start-ups and 49 for advanced students.

    He said the 159 industrial units from 21 districts – including 9 PSUs, 10 Corporate Houses, 23 Large Industries, 52 Medium Industries and 108 Small Industries – have sent 250 problems to the Gujarat Industrial Hackathan-2018 relating to various industries. Innovations were divided into over 20 categories, with three prizes of Rs.50,000, Rs.30,000 and Rs.20,000 were presented in each category.

    Education Department Principal Secretary Anju Sharma and Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Jaimin Vasa also spoke on the occasion.

    Those present on the occasion included Minister of State for Education Vibhawariben Dave, Director of Technical Education K. Nirala, KCG Chairman Upadhyay Director of Higher Education Lalit Padaliya and University Vice-Chanellor Hiamnshu Pandya.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat