Atma Nirbhar Bharat, to get a boost with ‘Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge

Published: August 19, 2020

The ministry of electronics and IT of the government of India launched a contest titled ‘Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge’ with the vision of going one step further towards self-reliance or “Atma Nirbhar Bharat”. In the launching event, Union electronics and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated, the contest is going to provide impetus to the Start-up ecosystem, innovation as well as in the field of research in India.

Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge

The initiative aims at designing microprocessors for the development of various technological products. The challenge not only seeks innovative solutions for the future requirements of different sectors but it should also have the ability to overcome the domestic as well as global challenges regarding security, technological glitch, and import dependency.

  • Students from all levels and startup companies can participate in the challenge.
  • Prize money of total Rs. 4.30 crore will be provided by the government in the following way.
  • Total of 1 crore to 100 semi-finalists. For 25 finalists, a total of 1 crore and Rs. 2.3 crore for the top 10 teams.
  • Top 10 finalists will also have incubation support for 1 year.

‘Shakti’ and ‘Vega’:  ‘Shakti’ and ‘Vega’ are the names of two microprocessors,  indigenously developed by the Indian Institute of Technology,  Madras, and Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).

Atma Nirbhar app challenge: Previously, the Government of India had launched this program to identify the best designed Indian Apps that are being used by citizens. A total of 24 mobile apps won the challenges.

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