India to train African students for UNESCO India-Africa science hackathon with AICTE

India in collaboration with AICTE will train students from over 30 African nations for UNESCO India-Africa Science Hackathon.

India to train African students for UNESCO India-Africa science hackathon with AICTE India in collaboration with AICTE will train African students for hackathon
Vagisha Kaushik | Sep 23, 2021 - 10:37 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: India in partnership with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will train students from over 30 African countries for UNESCO India-Africa science hackathon, representative of India to UNESCO, Vishal V Sharma said on social media.

“India to train students from over 30 African nations to prepare them for the #UNESCO #India-Africa Science Hackathon in collaboration with ⁦AICTE_INDIA⁩. With ADG/SC Ms.Bedouelle. ⁦⁦EduMinOfIndia dpradhanbjp PMOIndia AAzoulay,” Vishal V Sharma said in a social media post.

Recently, 14 engineering students who took AICTE training created an open-source pandemic management software network called CoronaSafe network which has received United Nations recognition as a Global Digital Public Good.

“Digital Public Good is the highest recognition accorded by the UN to open-source software that can help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in low- and middle-income countries,” AICTE said in a statement.

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AICTE in partnership with Pupilfirst.org, its educational technology partner, initiated a fellowship programme to train the engineering students offering them software engineering skills and carry on the software development to face the challenges posed by COVID-19 in future.

“A total of 50,482 students from 2,734 institutions across 35 states and Union Territories applied for the fellowship programme out of which 24 students were selected for a 10-week industry-guided training programme,” the AICTE statement said.

Of the 24 selected students, 14 students completed the programme and joined a six-month internship wherein they updated the open source software. The software network is now used in Kerala, Maharashtra and Haryana.

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