Young Minds Should be Sensitized to Find Creative Solutions to Socio-Economic Problems of Our Country, Says President

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the award to the winner of the Hackathon Coding Competition on the subject ‘Examination authentication for student’, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 18, 2016.

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The week-long Festival of Innovations in Rashtrapati Bhavan concluded yesterday (March 19, 2016) with a 12 hour long coding competition to develop web and mobile applications in hackathon style (non-stop rapid development). The topics on which applications were developed were 1) teachers taking attendance after every class 2) examination authentication for students, 3) monitoring entry into public monuments and 4) monitoring of public toilets.

The President felicitated the winners of the completion in each category in presence of Shri Mohandas Pai and Shri Karl Mehta of Code for India and other dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said a country like India may have reached a certain level of technological advancement. It may have promoted the development of a scientific bent of mind and temperament amongst its citizens, especially the young ones. However, unless young minds are sensitized to the need for finding creative solutions to top-ranging socio-economic problems of our country, the goal of inclusive development will remain elusive. Unless the young creative minds are driven by commitment, devotion, empathy and sensitivity, a just so