Pune: Coaching classes for competitive exams like JEE, CET are making students slaves from Class VIII, blocking their vision and innovation, said Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development (MHRD), at the launch of Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2018 in College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP), on Monday.
“Coaching classes prepare students for cracking the competitive exams by rote learning, giving no room to ideate.
“One cannot be innovative by thinking in one direction, instead, a larger perception is created when you contemplate on all aspects of a subject. Research and analysis of a subject add to your knowledge, which helps in developing one’s vision and innovation,” said Javadekar.
Javadekar emphasised that innovation will be the key to new India.
“Through this initiative, students are directly being part of building a new nation. Over 50 ministries and 20 states have given a problem statements and students will get hands-on training to identify these problems and bring out solutions, which will be implemented by the government.”
Speaking about the necessity to build hardware in the country, Javadekar said, “More than half of the country’s population are using imported electronic devices. Why can’t we invent one?”
Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education, Anil Sahasrabudhe, Additional Secretary of MHRD, R Subrahmanyam, President of i4c, Arun Jamkar, Head of Labs at Persistent, Abhay Jere, Director of CoEP, BB Ahuja were present along with the other dignitaries at the launch event.