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Daily PIB Summary - 30 August 2018

Press Information Bureau India

PIB Summary


Union HRD Minister launches the 3rd edition of World’s Biggest Open Innovation Model - ‘Smart India Hackathon- 2019’
  • The third edition of World’s Biggest Open Innovation Model - Smart India Hackathon 2019 was launched by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi
  • SIH-2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving.
  • Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that in this new edition of SIH-2019 over 1 Lakh+ students from around 3000 institutions will have the opportunity to work on challenges faced within the Public Sector Organizations and the Union Ministries. And for the 1st time, it will also include problem statements from industry as well as NGOs.
  • The Minister also informed that like its prequel, Smart India Hackathon- 2019 would also have 2 sub-editions – Software edition (a 36-hour software product development competition) and Hardware edition (a 5 days long hardware product development competition). 
Cabinet approves Umbrella scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)” of Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the umbrella scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)”, for implementation during the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20 at an overall cost of Rs.1623 crore.  The scheme encompasses a total of 16 sub-projects addressing ocean development activities such as Services, Technology, Resources, Observations and Science. 
  • The services rendered under the O-SMART will provide economic benefits to a number of user communities in the coastal and ocean sectors, namely, fisheries, offshore industry, coastal states, Defence, Shipping, Ports etc. 
  • Implementation of O-SMART will help in addressing issues relating to Sustainable Development Goal-14, which aims to conserve use of oceans, marine resources for sustainable development.  This scheme (O-SMART) also provide necessary scientific and technological background required for implementation of various aspects of Blue Economy. 
  • The State of Art Early Warning Systems established under the O-SMART Scheme will help in effectively dealing with ocean disasters like Tsunami, storm surges. 
  • The technologies being developed under this Scheme will help in harnessing the vast ocean resources of both living and non-living resources from the seas around India. 
  • The important deliverables during the next 2 years envisage include 
  1. strengthening of Ocean Observations and Modelling 
  2. Strengthening of Ocean Services for Fishermen 
  3. setting up Marine Coastal Observatories for monitoring marine pollution in 2018 
  4. setting up Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant (OTEC) in Kavaratti 
  5. acquisition of 2 Coastal Research Vessels for Coastal research 
  6. Continuation of Ocean Survey and Exploration of Minerals and Living Resources 
  7. Technology Development for Deep Ocean Mining- Deep Mining System and Manned Submersibles and 
  8. setting up Six Desalination Plants in Lakshadweep 

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