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February 06, 2021 Saturday 11:57:16 AM IST

1st ASEAN-India Hackathon 2021 concludes

National Edu News

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Union Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar attended the award ceremony of ASEAN- India Hackathon 2021 along with Ministers and dignitaries from ASEAN countries. The Hackathon concluded with more than 300 students, mentors, and officials participating from 10 ASEAN countries and India. The program concluded with the announcement of Prizes for the winning teams, runner ups and encouragement awards for other participating teams.

Pokhriyal applauded the focus of the Budget on innovation and entrepreneurship and stressed on boosting the research ecosystem through the Prime Minister Research Fellowship, SPARC, STRIDE, IMPRINT and other research schemes.

Addressing the participants of Hackathon, Union Education Minister said, “I would like to first congratulate all, for successfully completing the first ASEAN-India Hackathon. I am very thankful to all ASEAN countries for participating in this first-of-its-kind initiative. For the last 3 days, all 54 teams have worked really very hard on 11 problem statements and I was informed by juries and mentors that they are very happy with the quality of work done by participants during this Hackathon. The ASEAN - India Hackathon is well aligned with the vision of ASEAN - plan of action on science, technology and innovation (APASTI) 2016-2025”.

The following dignitaries from ASEAN countries also attended the award ceremony of ASEAN- India Hackathon.

⮚  H.E. Gregorio B. Honasan II, Secretary, Department of Information and Communication Technology, Philippines.   

⮚      H.E. Mr. Nguyen Van Phuc, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam.

⮚      H.E. Dr. Phout SIMMALAVONG, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR

⮚      H.E. Prof. Ir. Nizam, Director General of Higher Education of Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia.

⮚   H.E. Dr. Anek Laothamatas, Minister, Ministry Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Thailand.

⮚      H.E. Mr. Lawrence Wong, Minister of Education, Singapore.

⮚      Her Excellency, Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia.

⮚      H.E. Mr. CHEA Vandeth, Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Cambodia.

⮚      H.E Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education, Brunei.