Wednesday, January 19, 2022

MANTHAN 2021: BPR&D & AICTE collaborate to bring India’s first hackathon on national security

With a view of empowering India’s law enforcement agencies, the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have launched ‘MANTHAN 2021’ a unique national Hackathon to identify innovative concepts and technology solutions for addressing the security challenges of the 21st century faced by our intelligence agencies.

Addressing the launch event, Chairman of AICTE, Professor Anil Sahasrabudhe said, “ In the last four years we have found that the talent of students can be tapped and used effectively. Why not use it for national security? From that perspective, a special hackathon is being held for these areas.”

Scheduled from 28th November to 1st December 2021, the virtual Hackathon will be conducted in an online cloud-based tool for non-stop 36 hours coding concept derived from ‘Smart India’.

Under the initiative, selected students from various educational institutions across India and registered start-ups will participate to offer strong, safe, and effective technology solutions using their technical expertise and innovative skills. Further, an amount of worth Rs. 40 Lakh will be given to the winning teams.

The Hackathon will work towards developing digital solutions under 6 themes for 20 different challenge statements by applying new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Augmented reality, Machine Learning among others.

“We are here with an offering for the young & bright minds of India in the form of a hackathon ‘MANTHAN’. The primary objective is to pose 20 interesting questions for prospective participants, each of which reflects professional policing and security concerns,” said ADG of BPR&D, Neeraj Sinha.

From no. plate recognition for traveling vehicles at high speed, predictive policing, fake news identification to national security concerns such as face detection of terror suspects, identifying people at risk of radicalization, tracing real IP addresses will be a part of ‘Manthan 2021’, ADG Sinha added.

Phases of ‘Manthan 2021’

‘Manthan 2021’ will be held in two phases. In the first phase, participants will submit their concepts against the problem statements which they wish to solve on the portal.

The submitted ideas will be then evaluated by a group of experts in the field, which will be selected for the Grand Finale or 2nd round scheduled from 28th November this year.

During the Grand Finale, the participants are expected to build the solution to showcase their concepts and prove to the experts that their ideas are technically feasible and more importantly implementable.

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