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Ministry of Electronics and Information: First Start Up Summit

The Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad unveiled a series of new initiatives at the Start-Up Summit at New Delhi

Highlights of the summit

  • The MeitY Startup Hub was launched. The Hub will facilitate the vision of the Ministry towards technology, startups, innovation and creation of intellectual properties. The Software Technology Parks of India will act as the nodal agency in implementing the scheme
  • The summit aims to bring the key stake holders and startups of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) together
  • During the summit the entrepreneurs and startups will share effective techniques and strategies.
  • The participators of the summit will also work together to bring in focus of venture capital and government around their processes and strategies.

Highlights of the Ministers’ speech in the event

  • “Reform, Preform and Transform” are the key focus areas of the GoI
  • The Transformation Technology schemes in India are playing a vital role. It includes Digital India, make in India, Startup India and Smart Cities
  • The Digital Initiatives like eNam, Digital payments and eVisas have shown tremendous maturity and growth
  • Around 1.25 lakh Gram Panchayats are connected to optical fiber.
  • The TIDE-Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs launched in 2008 and the TIDE 2.0 version launched in June 2018 has multi prolonged approach in diverse areas like ICT, management and Electronics.

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UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize awarded to Vashkar Bhattacharjee and  Tencent

Bangladeshi disabilities’ advocate Vashkar Bhattacharjee and Chinese private sector ICT enterprise, Tencent (China) were awarded UNESCO/Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

They were awarded for there outstanding contribution to empowerment of persons with disabilities through application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to access information and knowledge. They will be presented with award in ceremony to be at UNESCO Headquarters on occasion of International Day of Persons with disabilities (Observed on 3 December).

Key Facts

Vashkar Bhattacharjee: He was awarded in individual category. He is leading advocate on production of resources dedicated to learners with disabilities and to training of teachers in use accessible reading materials. He has successfully developed Bangladesh’s first Accessible Dictionary in four forms, dedicated to persons with visual, print and learning disabilities, and special programme of self-employment through e-micro credit support for persons with disabilities.

Tencent (China): It was awarded in organizational category. It was recognized for its outstanding contribution to empowerment of persons with disabilities by using inclusive digital technologies to provide greatly enhanced access to information. In China, Tencent products have helped persons with special needs access critical information and interact more easily with digital devices, thus improving their quality of life.

UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

It is awarded to persons/organisations in recognization of their outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in promoting inclusion and enhancing lives of persons with disabilities through application of digital solutions, resources and technologies. It will be offered biennially in 2018-19 and 2020-21. It will be awarded in each biennial edition and will be given in Individual Person and Organization category. It carries monetary award of US $40,000, which is distributed equally between individual and the organizational winner. It is sponsored by Kuwait in memory of its late ruler Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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