Smart India Hackathon 2022: PM calls for making research and innovation a ‘way of life’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the culture of innovation in India would grow through social and institutional support, stressing that research and innovation must become a “way of life”.

Addressing the finale of Smart India Hackathon 2022, Modi said innovators were the flag bearers of ‘Jai Anusandhan (research and innovation)’, a motto he expounded during his Independence Day speech.

“The recognition of innovation as a profession is growing in society. Research and innovation must be transformed from a way of working to a way of living,” Modi said.

Launched in 2017, Smart India Hackathon is a national initiative to provide students with a platform to come up with new ideas to solve governance problems.

During the event, the Prime Minister interacted virtually with groups of students who gave presentations on their projects ranging from translating ancient temple texts into Devanagari to a mobile game that aims to help patients’ cognitive improvement with dementia

Modi said the National Education Policy contains a road map to create a strong foundation for innovation. “The country is working on great resolutions about what India will be like in the 100th year of independence. You are the innovators who are the flag bearers of the slogan ‘Jai Anusandhan’ for the fulfillment of these resolutions,” he said.

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