Team Monks from Jamia Millia Islamia’s Engineering and Technology Faculty has won the Smart India Hackathon 2020 competition. It also received a cash prize of ₹1 lakh. As part of the competition, the team built a software system that can be used to predict crop production for the next year and can also assist the government to plan their policies by anticipating problems of low rainfall and flood, even before it occurs.
The problem statement NS275 was introduced by Bihar Government as the state has an annual tryst with floods. More than 10,000 students had joined the Smart India Hackathon to solve 243 problems from 37 departments of the central government, 17 state governments, and 20 industries. Under the by Guidance of Dr. Tanveer Ahmed, this six-member team of students included Gaurav Chaudhary (team leader), Pranav Gautam, Nitesh Kaushik, Lakshya Chaudhary, Ashish Singh, and Nashra Naseem, namely. The first stage of the competition was a college-level hackathon and the teams who got selected from their respective colleges chose problem statements which they wanted to work on and sent their entries with theoretical solutions. Team Monks competed with 3 other teams who had chosen the problem statement NS275 and had submitted theoretical solutions for the same.
Apart from Team Monks, three other teams from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, JMI reached up to finals of different problem statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon (SIH) this week.“I believe that there is no challenge that our youth cannot solve.” he said.
“Do not stop three things – Learn, Question, Solve. Learn so you can question things, question and you will be able to create solutions. When you solve problems and make efforts, with your efforts, you grow and with you, India grows,” he added while addressing the students.