India Education Diary - 18th February 2016
Make in India brought the industry and academia together in a week long Hackathon was held at Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. With six teams emerging winners out of the 30 participants across three categories of energy, water and transportation, the participants included coders, engineers and designers, who collaborated intensively to come up with ideas that could solve urban design problems of water, energy and transportation. These ideas were evaluated by venture capitalists and government representatives. “India cannot be a great manufacturing nation till we don’t invent and innovate and design in India and our belief is that we had lost our close relationship between academia and industry. Our IIT and engineering institutes will play an important role to take it forward,” said Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy, Govt of India, while announcing the names of the winners. In the energy category, IIT Kanpur held the top spot while, Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai campus and Karpagam College of Engineering, Coimbatore shared the honours for the second spot. In the water category, Vivekanand College of Engineering, Mumbai held the numero uno spot while National Law University, Assam and Jodhpur Institute of Engineering and Technology shared the second position. In the transportation segment, Krishna Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ghaziabad came first followed by Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology, Ahmedabad held the second position.
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