NHAI Celebrates ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with Regional Conference in Lucknow

Celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, NHAI Chairperson Smt. Alka Upadhyaya inaugurated a two-day conference of Regional Officers in Lucknow. To be held on 5-6 May 2022, this is first of its kind initiative that brings together NHAI officials and other stakeholders from Uttar Pradesh East & West, Uttarakhand and Bihar onto a common platform to share knowledge, achievements and challenges. More such conferences shall be held in different regions of the country as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

Apart from project reviews, the two-day conference will also host an Open House for free-flowing discussion of NHAI Regional Officers and Project Directors with the Chairperson. A session is also planned on improving ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and a knowledge sharing session on ‘Construction Equipment and Technology’ will be conducted.

The conference will conclude on 6th May 2022 with an address from Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh, Minister of State (RT&H) and Civil Aviation.  


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Following Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of AatmaNirbhar Bharat, Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on December 3 felicitated the winners of the ‘Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge – Innovate Solutions for #AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ during  Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav celebrations here today.

Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics & IT and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY, and Shri Abhishek Singh President and CEO, NeGD, and MyGov also graced the occasion and officially launched the National Strategy on Blockchain, Rudra Server, and BioInferno. 

On August 18, 2020, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) had launched the “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge – Innovate Solutions for #Aatmanirbhar Bharat” to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country by taking up complex designs and innovate frugal solutions around home-grown processor ecosystem (viz SHAKTI and VEGA Microprocessor).

As one of the concrete steps towards realizing the ambition of self-reliance and a momentous stride towards “AatmaNirbhar Bharat”, this initiative aimed at not only meeting India’s future requirements of strategic and industrial sectors but also has the potential to mitigate the issues of security, licensing, technology obsolescence and cutting dependency on imports.

A total of 6,170 teams participated in the quarterfinals of the challenge. These teams were provided with mentorship, financial assistance and Swadeshi Processors (viz. SHAKI and VEGA) ported on Xilinx FPGA Boards to develop innovative Hardware Prototype solutions.

For the semifinals, only 100 teams got shortlisted and all of them received Rs 1 Lakh each and access to SHAKTI and VEGA Processor ecosystem. For the finals, 30 teams were shortlisted and each team was awarded Rs 4 lakh.

Out of the 30 teams, 10 most innovative teams won the challenge with their strategic solutions to various problems.

Vega FCS FT (AI Drone) came at the first position for their drone application and was awarded with Rs 35 Lakh cheque by Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. At the second position, HWDL won Rs 30 Lakh for FM Tracking. Meanwhile, Cytox, at the third position won Rs 25 Lakh for their ‘cell count’ project.

The rest of the teams came at the fourth position and received Rs 20 Lakh cheque each. The teams are: Specctroprocessor, Maternal Health Monitor, Avrio Energy, Anshashodhak (C Pulser), GE Resources, Jay Hawks, Astrek Innovations.

Congratulating the winners, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar,Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics & IT and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship said, “I went around many of the stalls and I say this without fear of sounding like I am exaggerating that this is very high-quality work. As somebody who has spent over 3.5 decades in technology, I can surely recognize good technology work. Out of all the sessions which have happened before, this is the one that looks forward to the future”.

He also appreciated the work conducted by C-DAC and IIT Chennai and said that people of the nation can sleep easy knowing that they are headed in the right direction. “It is MeitY’s responsibility to help each of the entrepreneurs today who have showcased their products. We will do more than just help you incubate these projects. We will work as partners to make these seriously viable products in our country,” he said.

Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar also set up a 24-month target for SHAKTI and VEGA to take every chip board and convert that into silicon so the entrepreneurs could use it into their products.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, said: “Those that designed the microprocessor actually don’t know the power of what they are designing. It’s what you can do with the processor which is even more important than the processor itself. As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, it is wonderful to celebrate having microprocessors of our own and being able to see where all those can be used”.

Shri Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY also congratulated the participants and the winners of the challenge. He said: “After seeing the enthusiasm and efforts at the exhibition, I think we can say with full confidence that we are well on our way to developing full spectrum of digital capabilities”.

Shri Arvind Kumar, Group Coordinator (R&D in Electronics & Cyber Security), MeitY highlighted that with the readiness level that Swadeshi Processors has achieved owing to the journey of Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge and CDAC’S achievements for Rudra Server & BioInferno, India is poised to position itself as a leader in Swadeshi Compute Designs and pave the way for gaining the market share in ESDM space. While highlighting the visionary leadership of Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, he reminiscence the evolution of these programs and the effort gone towards while conceiving them”.



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Azadi ka Digital Mahotsav flagged-off with presentations on Public Digital Platforms for Enabling Good Governance

Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav, the week-long program was inaugurated on 29th November 2021 by Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Electronics & IT in presence of dignitaries with each day dedicated to one goal adopted by MeitY.

At the 1st session on first day of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, presentations were made regarding Public Digital Platforms initiatives for enabling Good Governance. Shri Abhishek Singh, President & CEO-NeGD, made an introductory presentation on Public Digital Platforms using the principles of India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) and how it can integrate with various online projects for enabling a connected government experience.

The presentation was followed by remarks from Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY who underlined the necessity to bridge the gap between e-governance project silos and their converge while suitably involving and connecting with both public and private ecosystem actors.

Shri Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs made a presentation in Indian Urban Data Exchange (IUDX) platform, developed in association with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and supported by individual startups and government agencies. Calling it a consortium of public private partnership, he said the IUDX was an open source, secure, cloud based, multilayered data exchange platform which has the potential to function as a National Data Exchange.

Shri Rajeev Chawla, Additional Secretary, e-Governance, Karnataka made a presentation on Farmer Registration & Unified Beneficiary Information System (FRUITS), while sharing insights about available farmer data in Karnataka and how it is making it easy for the farmers to access and the administration to enable government services.   

Shri Santosh Sarangi, Additional Secretary, Dept of School Education & Literacy spoke on National Digital Education Architecture (NDEAR) program and DIKSHA learning platform as he recalled PM’s vision to boost digital architecture for education and skilling in India.  

Dr. Vijay Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary, Planning, briefed the audience regarding Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture (MeghEA). Under the programme, MyMeg citizen dashboard is envisaged. MeghEA has already enabled process reengineering to reduce the turn around time for file-based sanctions and approvals thus saving 120 man years.

Public digital platforms for good governance, developed by NIC were presented by  Shri D.C Misra, Deputy Director General, NIC. Sharing glimpses of NIC initiatives, he revisited the pioneering initiatives like eOffice, GST prime, eHospital, Service Plus, Sandes, PM-Kisan, eCourts, eSampark, eTaal etc which have been instrumental in ushering good governance and productivity.

The last speaker for the session was Dr. Vivek Raghavan, Chief Evangelist, EkStep Foundation who enlightened the audience on the National Language Translation Mission which may transcend the language barriers using the power of Digitalisation and empower people to access the internet in their own language; thus taking huge strides towards Digital Inclusion for an Atmanirbhar Bharat.

The session of Public Digital Platforms for Good Governance concluded with the closing remarks from Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY as he expressed his optimism of making India the world leader in Digital Governance.


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Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Motorcycle Expedition of Border Road Organization (BRO) Completes Second Leg


  • Second leg from Srinagarto Siliguri
  • Covered 3,500 Km during first leg from New Delhi to Srinagar in 10 Days. Completes Second leg reaches Siliguri on 04 Nov 2021 covering 3,500 Km.
  • Pan India Motorcycle Expedition by BRO commemorating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav flagged off f by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh.

          India@75 BRO Motorcycle Expedition successfully completed second leg of the Expedition as it reached Siligurion 04 Nov 2021. The team of 20 men from BRO and Indian Army began their journey from on 24 Oct 2021, travelling approximately 3,000 Km in 11 days through Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam.

The first leg involved travelling through treacherous hilly and snow bound regions of Leh& Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Second Leg Expedition traversed through the mountainous roads touching Srinagar, Ramban, Jammu & Rishikesh. In the second half of the journey the team travelled through the North-Central & Middle Gangetic Plains cutting across religious towns/cities of Rishikesh, Prayagraj, Bodhgaya and Varanasi in UP and Bihar.

The adventure continued for the team and its members as they interacted everyday with people making bond and radiating warmth and happiness. The team had a brief interaction with the locals specifically with the youth and school children of Kashmir, the team encouraged them to participate in nation building and join BRO/Army. The team interacted with the troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR) at Wuzoor, after crossing the Chenani-Nashri and Banihal Tunnels.

Interaction with Veterans and Gallantry Award winners was organised at Jammu, Chandigarh, Rishikesh and Siliguri. The team members visited old age homes at Panchkula, Jammu and Rishikesh creating positive memories as they checked up on their health and comforted them. Interaction with school kids and NCC Cadets at Srinagar, Jammu, Rishikesh and Assi ghat in UP was done and Team shared their experiences, promoted positive civic action, and informed them that how their empowerment through education can play a vital role in their own development as well as in that of their communities. The team distributed books, bags and stationery items to the school children.

Free Medical camps for more than 800 persons at various places at Srinagar, Rishikesh were conducted under the aegis of BRO Projects, the attendees were also given informative lectures and talks by medical professionals on life threatening diseases, maintaining personal and community hygiene, and adherence of Covid-19 protocols.

Team conducted numerous outreach programmes promoting road safety awareness among commuters at Tanakpur, Prayagraj, Chanduali& Darjeeling and finally culminated at Siliguri on the auspicious day on 04 Nov 2021where they celebrated with Diwali with the BRO men at their detachment location in Siliguri. Third Leg starts from 05 Nov 2021 and team will now traverse through the capitals/important places Nathu La, Gangtok, Hashimara, Guwahati, Tezpur, Itanagarand Pasighat in the North-Eastern region and will finish the leg at Doom Dooma.


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1.         In commemoration of India’s 75th Independence Day Celebration under the theme “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav”, a felicitation ceremony in honour of gallantry awardees and their families was organized at Air Force Station Hindan on 14 Aug 21. The following gallantry awardees along with their family members were honoured during the event:-

            (a)       Late Major Mohit Sharma Ashok Chakra Sena Medal

            (b)       Col Tejendra Pal Tyagi Vir Chakra

2.         Mr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma & Smt Sushila Sharma, parents of late Major Mohit Sharma Ashok Chakra and Col & Mrs. TP Tyagi graced the occasion. Air Commodore Manish Kumar Gupta AVSM, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Hindan felicitated gallantry awardees and their families in the presence of Station Personnel and other invitees. Air Officer Commanding lauded the gallantry awardees for setting the highest Military Standards during the tenure of their meritorious service.  A total of 4 students who registered on GAP portal were also invited to witness the event.

3.         The awardees said they were touched and felt highly honored by the gesture extended to them.  Video clips of the wars, displaying the courage and valour of the gallantry awardees were screened for the invitees providing first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by the soldiers during 1971 war and the counter-terrorism operation in 2009 at Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.  Col TP Tyagi Vir Chakra shared his experience of 1971 war with the attendees.



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