New Delhi: Union Minister of Human Resources Development (HRD), Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, presented the Vishwakarma Awards 2019 to the winners in New Delhi yesterday. The valedictory function of the Awards was organised in the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). A total of 23 teams under various subcategories were recipients of the Chatra Vishwakarma Awards (CVA). Six institutes were felicitated by the Union Minister under the Utkrisht Santhan Vishwakarma Award (USVA).
Speaking on the occasion, HRD Minister Pokhriyal congratulated all the awardees and added that this moment inspires everyone, and said, “I got to know that among 6,676 teams, 117 were selected for the final, and among them 23 teams got the awards in different categories, this shows that India has lots of talent.”
The HRD Minister added that all the teams have great potential and very special, and said these students are assets for the country. He further said that students from different teams have set new benchmarks for others.
Pokhriyal stated that AICTE is doing a good job by giving industry-based education. He said that projects created by students from different teams are solving the problems of the common man. The Minister appealed to AICTE to give more chances to such students, saying they are the future of India, and appreciated NITI Ayog and IIT Delhi for supporting students by turning their ideas into reality.
AICTE has been organizing Vishwakarma Awards since 2017. The awards have been instituted for promoting an innovative spirit and scientific temperament for the holistic development of society through stakeholders of its approved institutes. The Awards are aimed at motivating young individuals, inspiring leaders and institutions/organizations to raise their performance in their specific domains, leading to contribution towards the growth and development of the nation. The competition and call for entries for the 3rd edition of Vishwakarma Awards for the year 2019 were earlier announced by the HRD Minister on 11 September 2019, and was based on the theme of ‘How to enhance the income of villages.’ Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE) and Atal Innovation Mission of NITI Ayog also agreed to collaborate with AICTE for the Vishwakarma Awards 2019.
Applications were called in 2 categories: Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards (CVA) for Outstanding Innovative Team (for Students & Mentor), and Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Award (USVA) for exemplary Institutional intervention.
Under CVA, 2,372 teams from various institutes across India had submitted their solutions. After following three stages of evaluation, 117 teams were selected to exhibit their prototype at the National Convention and exhibition held at AICTE HQ, New Delhi, on 24 February 2020. Finally, 23 teams were selected by a jury for awards under 8 subcategories. Appreciation certificates and cash prizes were awarded to the top three teams in each subcategory by HRD Minister Pokhriyal.
In order to promote the institutional intervention, the Council had invited nominations under USVA with an aim to recognise institutions who have contributed towards the growth and development of a village. A total of 188 nominations were received. Subsequently, after a detailed scrutiny and field visit, six institutes have been felicitated by the HRD Minister during the event. Three institutes were honoured with certificates for their meritorious work in village development, while another three were recognised for best practices.
NITI Aayog has agreed to support the shortlisted students by bringing their ideas into reality by supporting them through their pre-incubation centres of ATAL Community Innovation Centre (ACIC). AICTE & MHRD’s Innovation Cell has also announced they will provide financial assistance to a few of the best teams of Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards after evaluation. In addition to this, IIT Delhi has also agreed to support the best technical interventions of Vishwakarma Awards through their Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan (UBA) program by providing financial support to the institution for implementing their ideas in the village.
During the event, four MoUs were also exchanged between AICTE & IIT Kanpur, IIT Ropar, IIT Bhubaneshwar, and IISER Pune in the presence of the HRD Minister. The MoUs are aimed at creating internship opportunities for the students of J&K with an objective to provide such students an exposure to the academic culture at higher learning Institutes and to inspire, empower, and enhance their employability. Pokhriyal also launched the digital version of the AICTE Activity Book, hosted on the AICTE web portal. The Activity Book provides a comprehensive compilation of important initiatives and schemes being run by the Council for its stakeholders. It also has an active dashboard that shall continually provide update on the beneficiaries (facts and figures) of the various schemes and initiatives.
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