Union IT Ministry rolls out National Challenge for Youth

National Challenge for Youth – The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology had a national rollout of a National Challenge for Youths, “Ideate for India – Creative Solutions using Technology.” K Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Law and Justice, while inaugurating the Challenge, said that it would eventually offer a platform for the school children to evolve as solution experts for the issues they see around them and their communities, NDTV reported.

The Challenge aims to create an environment for the school children to develop niche technologies that help crack the issues in their community by re-imaging solutions. Designed and rolled out by the National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and IT in alliance with Intel India, the Challenge has the backing from the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, noted the report.

Prasad also took to Twitter: Launched “Ideate for India” initiative to engage school students for finding technology-driven solutions for social challenges. Intel India and Ministry of Electronics & IT and Dept. of School Education have come together for implementing this initiative. #DigitalIndiapic.twitter.com/NpFNCjPSPK

— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) December 6, 2018

What is more, the Department of School Education and Literacy will extend its help to reach out to State Education Departments, in addition to NVS, KVS and CBSE officials to implement the Challenge in schools pan India.

While throwing more light on the Challenge, Prasad said, “The National Challenge is well thought out and aims at conversion of dreams of children into ideas leading to the development of working solutions. I am hopeful that the top 360 ideas, i.e., 10 top ideas from each of the 36 States and Union Territories will reflect possible and practical solutions towards solving local citizen-centric problems covering welfare issues like agriculture, quality health, quality education, women safety, child safety, assistance to divyang and more.”

The Challenge is open to students of classes 6 – 12 and is expected to reach out to at least 1 million youth over the next three months — the 11 core areas in which students can share their ideas- healthcare services, education services, digital services, environment, women safety, traffic, infrastructure, agriculture, social welfare, disability, and tourism. Furthermore, the Challenge requires students to access online videos and understand how to identify problems and share a 90-second video explaining the problem and their proposed solution.

From the submissions received, around 360 students, ten students from each state and Union Territory, will be selected by a panel of experts to attend 5 regional Boot Camps organized in North, South, East, West and North Eastern regions of the country (one in each region).

At the regional boot camps, students will get trained by technology experts and mentors to gain a first level/basic understanding of skills such as design thinking, ideation – idea generation, making, do-it-yourself concepts, collaboration etc. with real-time hands-on working sessions on basic electronics, robotics, 3D printing and introduction to IOT/Artificial Intelligence, said the report.

Supervision will be provided by experts at these camps to ensure that ideas mature as prototypes, while they will also select top 50 students who will be invited and felicitated at a National Level Event to showcase their prototypes implemented in communities and will be declared Tech Creation Champions, added the report.

Image source- NDTV.com

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