From reusable sanitary napkins to AI, PM Modi speaks about innovation at the hackathon
NEW DELHI: From reusable sanitary napkins to a real-time facial recognition system, Prime Minister Narendra Modi heard about the students’ inventions during his video conference interaction with the finalists of the Smart India Hackathon 2020.

A student working on a biodegradable sanitary napkin spoke to the prime minister. PM Modi said the government is already providing sanitary napkins at Re 1. “The introduction of reusable sanitary napkins will be of great help to the girls. I congratulate you for being so thoughtful,” said Modi.

A student from the MLR Institute of Technology spoke about real-time facial recognition. The student said that artificial intelligence recognizes the eyes, even if you cover your face, the space between eyes and nose that does not change. Modi emphasized the need for AI in policing to be interactive.

Much of India’s fate is sealed by the right predictions of the rain. A finalist informed the prime minister during the interaction that a model that predicts precipitation will be created using satellites. Modi recognized the efforts to support Indian farmers.

The Prime Minister, who asked some finalists questions while interacting with them on Saturday, tweeted on Friday: “Young India is full of talent! The grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2020 shows this spirit of innovation and excellence.”

The Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems they face on a daily basis. It conveys a culture of product innovation and a way of thinking about problem solving, the government says.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced that the winner will receive an Rs 1 lakh cash prize.

More than 4.5 lakh students took part in the first round of the Smart India Hackathon 2020. More than 10,000 students compete to solve 243 problems from 37 central government departments, 17 state governments and 20 industries.


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