Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar underlined the civilizational bond and shared historical bond between India and Africa, saying that “we are neighbors in the Indian Ocean”.
Speaking at the farewell session of the UNESCO-India-Africa (UIA) Hackathon in Greater Noida, the vice president said the event reflected the close ties that India and its African counterparts cherish and embody the spirit of cooperation, enabling them to solve problems. Coming together for the betterment of humanity.
“This global hackathon sends the message that young people can come together to create a better world,” he added.
The 36-hour hackathon with young entrepreneurs from India and 22 African countries was organized by the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education, AICTE and UNESCO at Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida. During the event, some 600 young innovators came together to find solutions to social, environmental and technological problems.
In his speech, Dhankhar referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s close relationship with Africa and said that our age-old civilizational ethos of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” guides India’s involvement with the world.
The vice president described India as a preferred global destination for opportunity and investment and said a new culture of innovation-led entrepreneurship is taking root in India.
Referring to various initiatives such as Start-up India, Digital India, Bharat Net, PM Gatishakti Mission, the vice president credited the government for creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Dhankhar noted that technology has really democratized governance by introducing transparency and accountability into the system and said it helps us achieve the ideal of inclusive and sustainable development.
The vice president presented prizes to the winners of the hackathon and told the young inventors that they are just as much stewards of the planet as their elders. “Your proactive attitude will ensure a better future for everyone,” he added.
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