What is Kritagya Hackathon?

Kritagya (Krishi-Raknik-Gyan) Hackathon was launched by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICMR) on September 23, 2020 under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project. It was launched with an objective to promote Farm Mechanisation specially women friendly equipment’s.

Key Facts

  • Students from any university and college can apply and participate in the event.
  • The event will distribute prizes as well:
    1.   first prize winner will receive Rs 5 lakhs,
    2.    second prize will receive Rs 3 lakh and
    3.    third prize winners will receive Rs 5 lakh.
  • The hackathon aims to enhance the farm productivity and profitability by enhancing the innovation in farm mechanization.
  • This event is providing an opportunity to the students, faculties, innovators, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders to present their innovative approaches and technological solutions to promote farm mechanization in India.
  •  The hackathon is in line with the high-quality higher education that provides equity and ensures inclusion as is the target of National Education Policy( NEP) 2020.

National Agricultural Higher Education Project

The National Agricultural Higher Education project was launched in 2019. The total cost of the project was Rs 1100 crores. World Bank provide the funding support to the project. The share of fund between GoI and the World Bank is in the ratio of 50:50. The programme support ICAR and participating agricultural universities. Under the project,

  • Four year degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries and Forestry will be considered a professional degree.
  • Rajendra Agriculture University was upgraded as Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University. This was done to strengthen the government’s effort in order to bring green revolution in Eastern and North East India.
  •  Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) is being set up in Barhi, Jharkhand and  in Assam.