Grand Finale of the country’s largest Cyber Security focused Hackathon MANTHAN 2021 kick starts today
The Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell (MIC) & AICTE are conducting a Hackathon “MANTHAN 2021” which is a unique national initiative to identify innovative concepts and technology solutions for addressing the security challenges of the 21st century faced by our intelligence agencies. It is a matter of great pride that Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies (MRIIRS) has been chosen as the Nodal Centre to host the grand finale of Manthan 2021 from December 8 – 10, 2021.
The inaugural session of the grand finale of Manthan 2021 was addressed by Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Dr. Abhay Jere, CIO, MoE; Sh. Balaji Srivastava, DG, BPR&D; Dr. Mohit Gambhir, Innovation Director, MoE and Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, VC, MRIIRS.
In his address, Sh. Balaji Srivastava said: “These hackathons have been useful in crowdsourcing ideas as the citizens directly involve themselves building solutions for the challenges of the society or the Government is facing. During the selection rounds for Manthan, students have attempted solving the given intricate problems using AI, Data Analytics which are technologies of the future. Meaningful solutions of these problems are need of the hour not only for India but for entire globe. BPR&D will offer internship opportunities to the winning ideas. Some of the ideas may get seed funds from BPR&D for successfully converting into Start-ups”.
Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe also stressed on such events for the larger good of the citizens and the country. He shared that the ideas that were selected in some of the previous Hackathons are under implementation.
115 selected teams from education institutions across the country and registered start-ups are participating in the grand finale to offer strong, safe and effective technology solutions using their technical expertise and innovative skills. Total Prize money worth Rs. 40 Lakh shall be awarded among the winning teams. Participants are expected to develop digital solutions under 6 themes for 20 different problem statements using new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Augmented reality, Machine Learning, etc. for ever-changing security related challenges, which include photo/video analysis, Fake Content Identification along with the information of creator, predictive Cyber Crime data analytics, etc. During the Grand Finale, selected participants are expected to build the solution to demonstrate their concepts and prove to the juries that their ideas are technically feasible and more importantly implementable. Best ideas will be declared winners during the closing ceremony on December 10.
Selected students shall also get the chance to get startup Seed Fund of Rs. 10 lakh along with internship opportunities.
Dr. Sanjay Srivastava thanked BPR&D, Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell (MIC) & AICTE for entrusting Manav Rachna with the conduct of the technical sessions of the grand finale of Manthan 2021.