Nitesh R Pradhan
Gangtok, 5 Dec
iDEX Road show was held today in the state capital. iDEX is one of the major grand challenges organized by the Government of India. AIC-SMUTBI(Atal Incubation Centre – Sikkim Manipal University, Majhitar)with support from Ministry of Defence, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI AAYOG announced the partnership in hosting this grand challenge for the North Eastern Region.
The event began with the introduction of iDEX challenge by CEO of AIC SMUTBI, Dr. Tejbanta Singh Chingtham. This was followed by the felicitation of the guests present for the event, the guests were Lt.Gen MD Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor Sikkim Manipal University, Dr. Thomas Chandy Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Mr. SK Pradhan, Secretary Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Sikkim, Col. Sunil Singh Sengar, Ministry of Defence.
Following the felicitations, an introduction video of the iDEX challenge, the video of the 11 challenge as well as the video of the open challenge were presented to over 150 entrepreneurs and startups who were present there to encourage them to come up with solutions towards the challenges given by the Ministry of Defence.
These solutions being related to innovations in technological advancements.
The videos gave an overview of the challenges faced by the troops of army, airforce and navy in their respective fields.
The iDEX challenge is open to all startups, MSME and individual innovators who have revolutionary ideas which would solve the existing problems faced by our troops in the border line.
“Help transform the Nation. Your innovation could be the solution to one of the many challenges faced by our “Friends in the Frontiers” protecting you for your wellbeing! Your only opportunity to convert your patriotic sense to real service to the nation,” says the organisers.