LUCKNOW: Calling “co-operation, stability and solidarity against colonialism” the cornerstone of the strong relations between India and Africa, chief minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the UNESCO-India-Africa Hackathon at Gautam Buddha University campus in Greater Noida on Tuesday.
The event has brought together youths from 22 countries along with India who will collaborate on innovative technology-based solutions to problems faced by humanity and to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the younger generation. A government spokesperson said that more than 400 students and 60 officials from these countries are participating in the event. The programme’s theme, built on the lines of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, are education, energy, agriculture, health and hygiene, drinking water and sanitation.
“The Hackathon, where students will engage themselves in coding for 36 hours non-stop to find technology-based solutions for issues, is aimed at helping students implement their academic skills in practical problem-solving with more confidence. Each innovative idea will win a monetary prize and the awards will be handed over on November 25, the last day of the event,” the spokesperson said.
Welcoming the delegates, the CM said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, relations between India and Africa are scaling new heights. He referred to the transfer of Cheetahs, which had been extinct in India, to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh in September 2022 from Africa.
“Under PM Modi, it has been made clear that India is the place of Lord Buddha and represents harmony, peace, non-violence and cooperation whereas Lord Ram represents the true ideals and dignity of human life before the world,” he said. The CM remembered former South African President Nelson Mandela who also promoted non-violence.
Talking about UP’s investment potential, the CM said that several companies were keen to invest in the state. Sectors which the government was promoting included startups, IT and electronics, agro-food processing, dairy, textile, and renewable energy, among others. He also spoke about the one district-one product scheme which, he said, itself worked like a start-up.

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