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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 19.11.2015

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee met top 10 winning teams of ‘Innovate for Digital India Challenge’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (November 19, 2015). These teams were selected through a rigorous process and they made a brief presentation of their innovative products and systems before the President.

Speaking on the occasion the President said that he was happy to learn that Department of Electronics and Information Technology has collaborated with Intel India to run the competition that aims to identify, support and mentor companies with workable IT solutions to problems in various sectors like health care, education and e-governance. He said that he was sure that the innovative Solutions presented today would be developed to benefit the citizens of the country.

The President said today, India needs innovation to tackle various challenges in the fields of education, health care, financial Inclusion and service delivery. He stated that we face the challenge of scalability and mass applicability of solutions to the problems of public concern. The solution lies in harnessing the digital revolution backed by innovations. The digital revolution has in a way decentralized governance. Today, any innovation happening anywhere in the country or the world can be replicated and adopted suitably on large scale.

The President said the Digital India campaign of our government aims to work on providing digital infrastructure as a service to the citizens, providing governance and services on demand and digitally empowering the citizens. He said that he was sure that the "Innovate for Digital India Challenge” will provide a platform for innovators and other stakeholders to collaborate and continue to bring forth affordable, workable and innovative solutions to the problems of the common man.

On the occasion a book ‘Technology innovation for inclusion’ was also presented to the President by Mr. Greg Pearson, Vice President Intel Corporation.

This Press Release issued at 1725 hrs.